On 15th April, the government decided to cancel the board exams of class 10th and postpone the board exams of class 12th due to a high rise in COVID-19 cases. This decision was taken because students and parents both were too worried about this situation of pandemic and people start sharing #cancelboardexams on Twitter which leads to this decision.
Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted this in which he mentioned that "12th exams to be held from 4th May to 14th June 2021 are hereby postponed. these exams will be held hereafter. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June by the board, and the details will be shared subsequently, and a notice of 15 days will be given." The good point is that students will get 15 days to prepare themselves. On the other hand for 10th class examinations, the board decided to cancel them which were to be held from 4th May to 14th June, and the results will be declared based on the objective criteria and it is still not mentioned whether it is going to be based on pre-boards or assignments or some other projects. There is also a point mentioned for those students who are not satisfied with this criteria and want to give the exam so they can opt for the method of giving examinations.
If we talk about the students' reaction to this, then a majority of students are very satisfied with this decision of the government but some are not.
Why only 10th class boards canceled, why not 12th?
There is a very simple reason behind this is that government has decided to cancel the 10th examination because the result of class 10th doesn't matter much in life or career or anytime in the future but the result of class 12th matters much because we get admissions on the basis of them, and they have more importance in life or career.
Some students are arguing that postponing exams is not a good decision because it creates stress and makes the future uncertain but the government has considered this point and said that any date that'll be set in the future, will be informed to students at least 15 days before.
Why postponement is not a good idea?
There are some arguments on this as well and the first one is that no one knows how long will the COVID-19 last, if we talk about the last year then it is understandable because that was the first wave that we were facing but now it is been a year and the situation has not been recovered although it's getting worse. If the situation of COVID-19 deteriorates in the future, then it will create more uncertainty for the students, and if the exams are postponed further then it can even affect the mental health of students.
Another argument is that if the exams are going to postpone like that, then there are chances that students might miss out on getting admitted to international universities.
Is this a good decision?
There are a lot of students not everyone can get satisfied with a decision. Some of the students want to give exams even in this situation as well and some are happy with the postponement and then some are saying to cancel the exams.
In my opinion, the government should cancel the exams of class 12th as well, and based on internal assessment, the result should be declared, and for the students who are not happy with the internal assessment, should have been given an option to opt for the board exams. By this, a lot less students would go to give examinations which is the main purpose of postponement of exams.
This decision was taken by the CBSE.
*On 21st April ICSE and CISCE have also canceled the class 10th exams and has asked schools affiliated with it to begin admission for class 11th. For class 12th, the board will take a call in early June*
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