The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to give a never-before opportunity for students of Class 9 and Class 11 students who have failed in their school exams by allowing them to re-appear for the school exams owing to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This one-time opportunity is being extended only in current year in view of the unprecedented conditions of COVID-19. This benefit is a one-time measure and will not be extended in future,” the board clarified in a notification dated May 13.
Since schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every family is stressed and anxious.
“They are experiencing mental stress and anxiety. Parents are worried about salaries, health of the family, etc. In this difficult time, children who have not been able to clear school examinations will be even more upset,” said the CBSE notification.
“The queries of such students are constantly being received by CBSE. Queries from parents are also being received continuously. At such a difficult time, all of us will have to make joint efforts to relieve students from stress and to help them mitigate their anxiety,” the notification added.
CBSE said that this opportunity for CBSE Class 9 and CBSE Class 11 students is applicable both for students who have already appeared for their school-based final exams and whose exam results have been released, or in cases where the exams have not been completed due to the lockdown.
The re-exams that CBSE schools have to conduct for the CBSE Class 9 and Class 11 students who failed their school-based exams may be conducted online or offline or could be innovative tests.
The tests have to be conducted after providing remedial classes and the promotion of these students can be based on the re-exams or re-tests.
I have also asked schools to provide adequate time to the students for the preparations of re-tests.#IndiaFightsCoronaVirus
— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) May 14, 2020
“In view of the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, I have advised all CBSE schools to provide an opportunity to all students, who have failed in 9th and 11th to take online/offline tests,” wrote HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal.
“I have also asked schools to provide adequate time to the students for the preparations of re-tests,” he added.