The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to cancel the pending exams for class 10 and 12. The students of class 12 will be evaluated on their performance in the last three school exams. In case they are not satisfied with the marks given by the board, they can appear for the board exam at a later date to improve their performance.
The decision came after Delhi, Maharashtra and Odisha conveyed their inability to conduct the examinations. The Solicitor General told the Supreme Court to cancel the pending CBSE board exams scheduled in July. It may be conducted when the Covid-19 situation improves.
The court made this suggestion in response to a plea from a group of parents, who have asked for cancellation of the remaining board exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parents in their plea said that conducting exams at this stage might expose the children to the risk of the disease. It also asked the board to allot marks to students for the remaining papers on the basis of their internal assessment and performance in practicals and examinations they took in March.
Exams from March 19 to March 31 were deferred till April and then postponed by the HRD Ministry as a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 25.
Few papers of class 10 and 12 board exams were remaining when the schools and colleges were closed. These exams were then deferred and scheduled to be conducted between July 1 and July 15.