Mumbai: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank‘ on Tuesday said that the CBSE board examinations for classes 10 and 12 will not be held in January or February.
He said that the examination will not be canceled but will be postponed. He further said that the examination will be conducted offline as online examination will not be possible.
Speaking at the press briefing, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank also said that the examinations will be decided later. “The current scenario is inconsistent for the exam,” he said.
“Canceling exams and promoting students without exams will put a stamp on these students. These students may face trouble getting jobs and admissions at higher education levels in the future as they will be called COVID-era students. We do not want this for our students,” he said while addressing the media.
Pokhriyal also said that the examination will be conducted offline as we need a laptop and stable internet and electricity for every student which is a challenge.
As already decided, board examinations will be conducted on a lesser syllabus. Pokhriyal said that the exam would also have 33% internal options. 30% of the total syllabus has been abolished and some states have also declared, while others are likely to make an announcement soon.
The CBSE had earlier this month announced that board exams in 2021 will be conducted in written mode and not online.
Schools across the country were closed in March to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were partially reopened in some states from October 15.