CBSE board exams postponed to May-June, new rules released for schools

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CBSE Board has decided to reschedule the board examinations 2021 to May-June due to the Covid-19 situation. A number of schools have been seeking advice from CBSE on how to go about the examinations of classes 9 and 11 and the beginning of the new academic session. The board has allowed the schools to conduct classes 9 and 11 exams following some protocols. CBSE also advised schools to start the new academic session from 1st April, depending on state guidelines

In reply, the CBSE has released a notification with four directives, including

1. CBSE has announced the date sheet for classes 10 and 12 and provided sufficient time for preparation to the students for their board examinations.

2. Schools have opened in a majority of states and with the improvement of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, it is expected that schools will be opened in other states/UTs also.

3. Schools should be fully geared up and prepared to welcome the students for face to face classes. This will help students to attend schools for completing their practicals and resolve doubts. Teachers should focus on each individual student and assess the learning gaps, and try to address these.

4. For classes 9 and 11 also, schools should take steps to identify and remedy the learning gaps and thereafter, conduct examinations by strictly following Covid safety protocols as per examination bye-laws. The exam will also help in identifying learning gaps which could be addressed by the schools in new academic sessions at the beginning of classes by having a bridge course specially designed to address learning gaps.

5. While holding examinations/classes, Covid safety protocols should be followed strictly.

6. It would be appropriate to start the academic session 2021-2022 from April 1, 2021, to the extent feasible subject to the instructions of the state government.