Parents launch campaigns against board examinations as cases rise

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and the deteriorating conditions  looms of uncertainty most parents say they are worried about the pending board examinations to be conducted  by CBSE and CICSE scheduled from July 1 respectively and demand that they  do away or scrap the left over papers and the result be declared by either calculating the average of tests already conducted or based on an internal assessment.

Several parents have launched an online campaign hashtagged “studentlivesmatter”, “livesoverexams” and “cancelboardexams”. Some of them have  even filed a petition in the Supreme Court, urging it to cancel the board exams in the wake of the coronavirus disease, which has already costed over 9,000 lives in the country by Sunday .

Some states noticing that  any improvement in the situation was difficult to predict, Punjab, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have already cancelled class 10 exams for their students the following year .

The petition filed in the Supreme Court by the parents of students of 12 th standard has sought a direction and remedial measures to CBSE to declare results on the basis of tests already conducted, and calculate the total on average basis with internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects.

Parents have also highlighted that the CBSE has cancelled the examinations for its around 250 schools situated abroad and has adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the internal assessment marks, then why similar approach cannot be followed for students in India.

According to Home Ministry guidelines, there will be no exam centres in the containment zones and various precautionary measures have been issued keeping in mind the safety of staff and students .

SOURCEHindustan times
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