Delhi govt urges CBSE to postpone board exams to May, further reduce syllabus

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The state government of Delhi has urged the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct the next board examinations in May to give students more time to prepare. The government has also asked the board to subsequently reduce the syllabus.

The Directorate of Education recently wrote a letter to CBSE, saying that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, seven months of the academic sessions 2020-2021 have passed without proper classroom learning since schools in Delhi are to remain closed till October 31.

In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Directorate has also urged CBSE to further reduce the syllabus of students to reduce the academic load for the candidates who are set to appear for the board exams this year.

Though the board has already reduced 30 percent of the syllabus this year in anticipation that the schools will reopen in July, Delhi schools are to remain closed till November. The DoE has also asked the sample paper with the new pattern to be made available to students as soon as possible.

The DoE said in the letter “In order to provide students with a reasonable time to study in person in schools, it is requested that the ongoing academic session be extended beyond March and CBSE board exams be conducted not before May 2021. Consequently, the next academic session may commence in July 2021.”