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CBSE class 10, 12 exams to be held after February, says Ramesh Pokhriyal

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Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Tuesday said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams for classes 10 and 12 will not be organised till February-end. The minister said he had received several requests by teachers and students to postpone the board exams.

While the minister did not clarify when the board exams are likely to be held, he said that the exams will not be held till February.

No online exams

Pokhriyal said the exams will not be held in the online mode as many schools lack the required infrastructure for the same. He also clarified that the exam will also not be postponed.

“The CBSE board exams will be conducted on a reduced syllabus. Thirty per cent of the total syllabus has been scrapped. While some states have declared as much, others are likely to make an announcement soon. There will also be 33 per cent internal choice in the exam,” the minister said during an online interaction with teachers and students.

“We cannot allow COVID-19 to impact students and have them labelled as COVID-era students who cleared the classes without any examination. We have organised JEE, NEET exams this year. It was one of the biggest examinations conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pokhriyal said in response to a teacher’s query.

Ramesh Pokhriyal lauds teachers and students

The minister lauded efforts by students and teachers for conducting online classes during the pandemic.

“Many countries have cancelled their academic year due to COVID-19, but the teachers of our nation continued to work hard and did not let the academic year get wasted,” he said. He also gave instances of teachers using unique methods as alternatives to online education.

“Many teachers are imparting education via loudspeaker by travelling long distances on motorcycles. We are using initiatives like One Class One Channel, DIKSHA, Pathshala, around 800 radio programmes are being aired, and classes are also being conducted via television,” the minister said.

Earlier this month, Pokhriyal had interacted with teachers and students through social media and answered their queries related to CBSE board exams, JEE and NEET.

 

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