Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: During a live interaction with teachers on Tuesday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank hinted at no postponement of the CBSE board exams and said that the exams will be conducted after February.

“The practical exams are usually held between January 1 and15 while the optional exams are conducted between February 15 and mid-March. However, taking into account the present situation, it doesn’t seem possible to conduct the exams till the end of February. We need more time to take a final call on the exam dates as to when will the exams can be conducted after February,” he said.

Replying to a question whether the exams could be postponed by at least three months, Pokhriyal said some people were earlier of the opinion that the exams, even the final year exams, should be cancelled but cancelling the exams and promoting students will result in putting a stamp on those students and they might face problems in getting admission at higher education level and also jobs in future.

CBSE Board Exams: Key Takeaways From Education Minister’s Interaction

  1. No CBSE board exams till February 2021.
  2. CBSE class 10, 12 board exams to be held in offline mode.
  3. CBSE exams to have 33 per cent internal choice.
  4. Board exam dates to be announced after assessing the situation post-February.
  5. Exams to be held on a reduced syllabus- 30 per cent cut.
  6. No CBSE board exams on online mode.
  7. Vocational training with an internship to be introduced from class 6 onwards.

The Education Minister had earlier said that online education has become a big challenge for students who have not attended schools and colleges for the last nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they should always be ready to turn this challenge into an opportunity.

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