Guwahati: In an important development, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that annual board examination for class 10 and 12 will take place in offline mode.
The officials of the board also said that if students were not able to sit for practicals in classes before the exams, alternatives would be explored.
However, the board is yet to take a decision regarding the dates for the conduct of board exams, and consultations with stakeholders are still in process.
The union education ministry will be holding consultation with the teachers, students and parents on December 10 regarding the exams.
Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had Tweeted and asked the stakeholders to share their concerns.
“Dear all, 2020 has been a year of a great many changes like adjusting to #onlineeducation, adapting to #newnormal. Happy to share that I am going live on Dec 10 to talk about upcoming competitive/board exams with you. Drop your concerns below using #EducationMinisterGoesLive.”
For this batch of students due to COVID-19, the syllabus was reduced by almost 30%. However, for the practicals, there has been no change as per the teachers.
However, CBSE has changed the question pattern a little, increasing the weightage of the multiple-choice questions.
Schools across the country were closed in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 and partially reopened in some states from October 15. However, a few states decided to keep them closed in view of a spike in the infections.
The board exams that were being conducted in March had to be postponed mid-way. The exams were later cancelled, and the results were announced on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.