The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct class 10 and 12 board exams only for 29 main subjects, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced in a Twitter post Wednesday.
The minister’s tweet also added that, for the rest of the subjects, the Board will not hold examinations and the instructions for marking / assessment in all such cases shall be separately issued by the Board.
“Please note: As & when the Board is in a position to hold examinations, it shall conduct examinations for the 29 subjects by giving adequate notice,” Pokhriyal added in another tweet.
In view of the nation-wide COVID-19 outbreak, CBSE, on March 19, announced that all board examinations for Classes 10 and 12 scheduled between March 19 and 31 will be postponed to a later date.
In its press statement, CBSE said, “With regard to rescheduling board examinations for classes 10 and 12, it is informed that at this stage it is difficult for the Board to decide and announce the new schedule for examinations.”
The press statement further stated that any decision that the board will take with regard to the conduct of examinations will be taken by undertaking extensive consultation with higher education authorities and by keeping all aspects related to entrance exams, admissions dates, etc. in mind.
“It is further informed that the Board will give notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board examinations,” the Board’s release added.
The 29 subjects for board exams include six subjects for class 10 only for North-East Delhi, that was hit by violent protests on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and 12 subjects for class 12 (whole of India) and 11 subjects for northeast Delhi.
The CBSE also announced that all students studying in classes 1 to 8 be promoted to the next class/grade. For class 9 and 11, the Board said, schools, which have not completed the examination, evaluation and promotion in the 2019-20, are advised to promote students to the next grades on the basis of all the school-based assessments including project work, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far.
“For any child who is unable to clear this internal process, (in any number of subjects), the school may utilise this period for providing remedial interventions, and school may give the opportunity of appearing in school-based test/s, online or offline. The promotion of such children may be decided on the basis of such tests,” the release added.