In view of the second Covid wave, experts have called for the need to devise alternate assessment criteria and the cancellation of the CBSE class XII Boards 2021, keeping students’ safety in mind. Earlier, CBSE had stated that the class XII boards 2021 dates will be reviewed in the first week of June. With CBSE releasing the policy document for class X result calculation that lists out the internal assessment based on the periodic, half yearly and pre-board exams, the need for assessing class XII board students on similar parameters is being increasingly emphasised upon.
Sanyam Bhardwaj, controller of examinations, CBSE, while talking to Education Times says it is too early to comment on the class XII boards as the CBSE is currently engaged with the computation of class X results. Unless the Board decides to release a policy document for class XII board results, a discussion on similar parameters cannot hold ground, he adds.
Expressing doubt over the feasibility of conducting the exam, principal Rashmi Raj Biswal, principal, DAV Public School, Pushpanjali Enclave, New Delhi, says, “With one in five students’ families impacted due to Covid, their chances of appearing for the Boards seem bleak.”
Board aspirants, she claims, are “under tremendous mental turmoil” and have mixed reactions towards exam postponement. “The ‘late starters’ would benefit if the exam is rescheduled as it would give them an opportunity to do well in the finals. But cancellation of the exam would deprive them of that chance. Even students who have genuinely worked hard to prepare for the boards may feel let down by the system.”
Internal assessment criteria in such a scenario may be appropriate for students who consistently work hard throughout the year and update themselves as per the progress of the class, says Biswal. “But since most periodic exams were online with a high component of objective questions, many students did exceedingly well. There were some who outsmarted technology and the invigilation measures of the school, taking recourse to unfair means. When the pre-boards went offline, there was a drastic fall in their performance. The Board may have to consider these aspects while deciding on the exam,” she adds.
My son is in CBSE class 12. Please cancel the exams. It really doesn’t make sense. Covid has spread all over our locality. It is impossible to study and be challenged for an exam in this situation. C… Read MoreMy son is in CBSE class 12. Please cancel the exams. It really doesn’t make sense. Covid has spread all over our locality. It is impossible to study and be challenged for an exam in this situation. Cancel exams and bring an end to this farce.Shobitro Chatterjee
Archana Vishwanath, director, Jain Heritage School, Bangalore, emphasises on the need for online boards. “CBSE can consider conducting online board exams and even regular tests and sample board exam paper-solving can be conducted online to give students a feel of the exams.”
Vishwanath is also open to the idea of exam cancellation, as she says, “Considering the current pandemic situation and keeping the health and safety concerns of the teachers and students in mind, it would be wise to cancel the board exams and put an end to stress and ambiguity surrounding this situation.” She suggests regular counselling of class XII students to keep them motivated “as they know that their boards are an important foundation for a successful career”.