CBSE Cancels Class 10 Board Exams: Mixed Reactions From Education Experts

Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Education today decided to postpone CBSE Class 12 exams and cancel Class 10 board exams. For CBSE Class 12 exams, the situation will be reviewed on June 1 and revised dates will be announced thereafter.

For CBSE class 10 students, result will be prepared on the basis of an “objective criterion” to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams.

Last year too CBSE had devised a new scheme for class 10 students. Now mixed reactions are coming in from different quarters over the Centre’s decision to postpone and cancel Class 12 and 10 exams respectively.

SAI International School Chairman Dr Bijaya Sahoo termed it as a good decision (to cancel the CBSE Class X Board Examinations 2021), keeping in mind the best interests of the students and ensuring that their health is taken care of, at the same time their academic interests are not harmed.

“It is a great relief for lakhs of students who would have appeared in the exams during the pandemic. We will be waiting for the objective criterion to be developed by the Board for preparing the results of Class X.”

Sahoo further said for Class XII, June will not be a conducive month for holding exams as the students would be looking forward to their other competitive and career examinations such as NEET, BITSAT, CLAT, JEE Advanced and other University applications in India and abroad.

“I am looking forward to a decision which will be helpful for the students,” he added.

An early declaration of revised schedule will reduce the stress and anxiety of both students and parents, as this decision has left the students in a dilemma and anxiety as to how to plan their way forward.

On the other hand, “It is an unfortunate decision which will demoralise students,” said Basudev Bhatt, president of Odisha Abhibhabaka Mahasangha, a State-based association of parents.

“The Centre could have taken a decision to conduct the exams online. But suddenly the Government announces cancellation of exams out of COVID scare. This will not be acceptable to the students nor their parents,” said Bhatt.

He added that it is very likely that the students will cut down their study hours because the exams have been cancelled. “The All India medical and engineering entrance examinations are approaching. During this time, it was necessary for the exams to be conducted on time for the students to maintain the momentum of academics,” he opined.

“The OAM demands that online examinations should be conducted. It is the onus of the Government to ensure that students have the basic infrastructure for appearing for the exams online. Tenth board exams is not a joke, it is a question of their careers,” said Bhatt.

The OAM has decided to move the Court and also write letters to the Prime Minister and Education Minister demanding online exams for the 10th board of CBSE.