Central Board of Secondary Education will soon release the CBSE Board Exam 2021 schedule for class 10 and class 12 exams. Board Secretary Anurag Tripathi has put all the rumors to rest and has confirmed that the Board would conduct the exams and release the exam schedule soon. The exam schedule would be available on the official site of CBSE on cbse.nic.in.
With this clarification, all the queries on cancellation or postponement of CBSE Board exams have been put to rest. As per the PTI report, Tripathi said, “The board exams will happen for sure and a schedule will be announced very soon. The CBSE is making plans and will soon reveal how it will do test assessments. During March-April we were flummoxed as to how to move forward, but our schools and teachers rose to the occasion and transformed, trained themselves in using new technology for teaching purposes, and within few months conducting online classes using different apps became normal.”
Board Secretary however has not revealed anything about the format in which the exams would be conducted neither has he commented as to when the exams would be conducted. Usually, the board exams are conducted in February-March every year.
Till now, Maharashtra and Gujarat Board have decided to postpone the Board Exams 2021 till May. The exams for both class 10 and class 12 in both states would be conducted in May instead of February- March.
The board exams which had to be postponed mid-way were later cancelled and the results were announced on basis of an alternative assessment scheme.
There have been demands for postponement of board exams to May in view of continued closure of schools and teaching-learning activities being completely online.
Noting that a common aim of all education policies including the new National Education Policy (NEP) has been to shift students from rote learning to experiential learning, Tripathi said, “the entire NEP 2020’s thrust and main aim is to make a shift to skill and competency based education”.
“We need to move students away from knowledge based education to competency and skill based learning. To implement skill-based, competency based education there is a need to transform and follow entire pedagogy based teaching-learning process be it classroom teaching, face-to-face teaching or online teaching.
CBSE Board’s confirmation about holding of Board Exam 2021 comes amid calls from various stakeholders for cancellation of the examination. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, schools across the country have been closed for last 7 months i.e. since March 2020. Moreover, even those states where partial reopening of schools was attempted, several COVID cases among students and teachers have forced the state government to again close the schools.
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