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Devbrat Patnaik

At a time when the Covid-19 crisis is deepening with the emergence of a second wave across the country, will CBSE conduct the board exams in offline mode or switch to online mode this year? While one section of students is asking for the examinations to be conducted online, many students are requesting the government to cancel board exams or postpone it.

The CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board Exams is hardly a month away, and because of a rapid rise in coronavirus cases across the country, reportedly many teachers, students and parents are requesting the government to cancel the board exams or either postpone it till situation returns to normalcy. According to reports, some one lakh students of Class 10 Class 12 have signed an online petition seeking cancellation of CBSE Board Exams 2021 or hold it online.

Taking to Twitter, thousands of students joined hands as part of a campaign to trend #cancelboardexams2021 and #PahleJaanFirExam to protest against the upcoming examinations which will reportedly be held via offline mode.

On Thursday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) made an important announcement regarding Board Exams 2021. The Board has reiterated that all the exams for Class 10th and Class 12th this year will be conducted as per the schedule and will start next month from May 4, 2021.

Even as voices of protest are growing louder, the Board has made it clear that the CBSE examinations will be held as per schedule from May 4. The Board has also warned miscreants not to circulate old notices to mislead the Class 10 and 12 students who will be appearing for the all-important examinations scheduled next month.

As per reports, the official statement in this regard has been released jointly by CBSE and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, CISCE.

CBSE has assured that it has taken all necessary precautions for the board exams to contain the spread of Covid-19 second wave during the exam. Exam centres across the country have been increased by 40-50% to ensure social distancing among students during the exam and that all Covid protocols would be followed, a senior CBSE official was quoted as saying by PTI. The CBSE has said that the board is taking sufficient measures to conduct board exams 2021 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Board also mentioned that those students who could not appear for the practical exams for Classes 10 and 12 would be given a second chance.

In its latest circular, the CBSE clarified that if any candidate(s) is absent in practical exams because of being Covid-19 positive or any family member testing positive for the virus, the concerned school will conduct the practical exams of such candidates at an appropriate time in consultation with the concerned regional office. But this should be done latest by June 11, the Board has said.

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