Class 10, 12 CBSE board exams to be held in students’ own school, not in external centres; results by July-end: HRD Minister

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday, May 21, announced that students will appear for pending Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams of class 10th and 12th at the schools where they are enrolled instead of an external test centre.

The information was shared by the HRD Minister in a live interaction with students which was aired on DD News. He also said that the ministry is planning to declare the CBSE board exam results by July-end and the evaluation process has already begun for the exams which were conducted before the coronavirus-induced lockdown was announced.

According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials, “Students will appear for the exams in their own schools and not external test centres to ensure minimum travel for them. Schools will be responsible for ensuring social distancing norms are followed and students will be required to carry their own sanitizer bottles and cover their face with a mask,” as stated by Hindustan Times.

Usually, board exams are held at designated examination centres for students. This measure has been taken to ensure minimum bias from schools for their students and to enable independent external invigilators to monitor the examination process, PTI reported.

These exams were postponed due to the nationwide lockdown imposed on March 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus disease. The board on May 18, 2020, announced the date sheet for the remaining class 10th and 12th board exams, which will now be held from July 1-15 with strict distancing norms in place.

While CBSE Board exams of class 12th will be conducted across the country, the class 10th exams are only pending in North East Delhi, where they could not be held due to the law and order situation in the wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The HRD minister futher added that efforts are being made to ensure that the result is declared by July-end. “Evaluation process has already begun for the board exams and will continue to be held simultaneously with the pending exams. Teachers who are involved in the evaluation process will be exempted from delivering academic and administrative work for the tenure,” he said in the twitter interaction.

The CBSE class 10th and class 12th board examination evaluation is being carried out from home. Further, the Ministry had earmarked 3000 evaluation centres from where answer sheets would be distributed to teachers at their homes for evaluation and then re-collected.

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