Addressing teachers’ through webinar, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has confirmed that there would be no practical examinations in January and February. Answering the questions, the minister clarified that at the present situation, it was not possible to conduct examinations in the months of January and February 2021. As for dates in March, he confirmed that situation is being assessed and dates would be announced soon.
He also said, “CBSE has already reduced syllabus to 30 percent. Many state governments have also reduced their syllabus for academic year 2020-21. The exams would be conducted on the basis of the reduced syllabus.”
Responding to a query on whether schools can conduct pre-board exams in pen and paper mode, he said that since board exams were anyway being delayed by a couple of months, students will have enough time to prepare for their boards.
The education minister said that in time, the question of pre-board exams would also be resolved.
We aim to implement vocational education for students in class 6 onwards in middle schools, said Pokhriyal. This has been introduced under the NEP 2020. The Minister of Education said that not just tie-up with the industry but also knowledge of ancient India will be part of the education. “We are the first country in the world which is introducing AI at the school level,” he claims.