New Delhi: The school principals in New Delhi and adjoining areas are in disfavour to postpone CBSE board exams next year in view of the closure of schools due to coronavirus pandemic.
The principals think that delaying the board exams will not be right because it will affect the schedule of higher entrance exams and further admission processes.
The Delhi Government also wrote to the CBSE to not to conduct board exams next year before may. They also asked to reduce the syllabus as schools have remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This issue was also raised at the NCERT’s council meeting by Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia which is headed by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
Principle of Delhi International School, Priyanka Barara said, “Postponing the board exams can have some serious repercussions on the students’ growth and performance preparing via remote learning. As this session was attributed to getting familiar with remote learning tools, by both the students and teachers,” was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Alka Kapur, Principal of Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh said that they have conducted a survey to get feedback of teachers and principals of over 100 schools on this issue.
“We asked this very question that when should the examinations be conducted? By an overwhelming majority, the school authorities suggested that the board examinations should not be postponed beyond March 15,” she said.
The Directorate of Education (DoE) wrote to CBSE and said that a major chunk of time of the 20-21 academic year could not be used for classroom teachings as schools in Delhi are closed till October 31.
Though, slowly and gradually several restrictions have been eased out in the different phases of ‘unlock’, but educational institutions have remained closed.
According to new guidelines, educational institutions outside the containment zone can be reopened after October 15. The final decision will be taken by the states and the Union Territories.
Until further notice, the Delhi government has decided to maintain the status quo on schools’ closure.