CBSE board exams 2021, which is being conducted for thousands of students across the country, are scheduled to begin from 4 May 2021. While the Central Board for Secondary Education has reiterated that the examinations will be conducted as per schedule, parents and students are now requesting the Indian Government to cancel or postpone board exams due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The chorus for cancellation of examination has grown louder after the Government of Maharashtra decided to promote students from classes 1 to 8 without them having to give exams.
“Mexico – 1300 cases, Exams cancelled. Saudi Arabia – 541 cases, Exams cancelled. Kuwait – 1400 cases, Exams cancelled. India – 82,000cases, Exams to be held as scheduled. Students Life Matter,” says a popular tweet being circulated by parents and students. “Please sir cancel board exams for this year. We students are requesting you. Why aren’t you taking any decision regarding 10th and 12th? Is giving ‘exams’ more important than ‘health’!! Even though most of us are not even prepared for giving offline exams,” asks Ruchika.
While a section of them are requesting the government to cancel board exams, others are asking for the examinations to be conducted online. “We can do it online because Bharat is clearly witnessing a second wave and in this scenario, anything that causes crowding must be avoided! If offline exams happen right now then we are taking a huge risk. Health must get priority over examinations,” says a student.
“We children have studied online throughout the year, so we will give exams online too. If we become infected with Corona virus, then who will be responsible for it?” asks Aditya Patel. “It’s not fair to conduct the board exams without proper classes and understanding.Students are still struggling with maths and science which needs proper classes.This is. injustice.These authorities expect them to wear masks for 3 hours that too in this hot weather? Be practical,” says Geetanjali.
Nevertheless, the board has made it clear that the examinations will be conducted from 4 May, and has also advised parents and students to refrain from believing in or circulating news with regard to cancellation or postponement of exams. “There are some persons deliberately trying to create confusion about board exams by circulating old news of 1.4.20 regarding Xand XII exams. Students should ignore this old circular of last year and not be misled,” says CBSE.