Pradeep Singh

The recent rise in COVID-19 cases at some places in the country has once again led to the demand for the cancellation of the upcoming board exams. Both the CBSE and CISCE are going to conduct the Term 2 exams from April 26 and April 25, respectively.

However, citing concerns over health issues in view of the rise in Covid-19 cases, students and parents have started demanding cancellation of Class 10 and Class 12 exams.

Several students even took to Twitter and urged both CBSE and CISCE to reconsider their decision to hold the exams as the current Covid situation in the country is different from what it was when the boards had announced the exam dates.

"I am worried about my health. What will happen if I get infected after appearing for 1-2 subjects? Will I be given another chance by CBSE? The situation is not conducive to hold the exam by putting the lives of students at risk," said a Class 10 student.

"The rise in Covid cases has left us with a lot of confusion, and fear has once again gripped us. Therefore, I request CBSE and CISCE to cancel the board exams and go for an alternative route for evaluation," said another student.

However, some students also opposed to such demands. "We have already done preparations for the Term 2 exam. We will have to face many issues from getting admission to appearing for entrance exams if the board exams are cancelled at this eleventh hour," a Class 12 student expressed her concerns.

“Those above 14 years must have been administered with Covid-19 vaccine. Besides, we can appear for the exams by wearing masks and following appropriate Covid behaviour. Cancellation is not a solution for ambitious students,” said another student while strongly rejecting the cancellation demand.

After a decline in positive cases for around four months, Covid-19 cases in India have surged again. As per reports, a spike in infections has been witnessed in some places like Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in the last one week. India today reported 1,247 coronavirus infections, taking the total active cases to 11,860.