The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has shattered the world drastically and profoundly, leaving the whole world partially paralysed on various fronts. The deadly virus allegedly originating from China’s Wuhan city has affected not only India but a superpower country like the USA also. Considering the growing cases of COVID-19 in India the education system has also jolted to an unprecedented extent. Schools and colleges are closed while exams have been cancelled.
CBSE Class 10th examinations scheduled between July 1-15 have been completely cancelled. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court recently seeking to quash the remaining examinations of CBSE Class X and Class XII. In the hearing on Tuesday, the Central Government and the Board told the Supreme Court that a decision will be taken in this regard by Wednesday evening. Subsequently, the Supreme Court deferred the hearing till Thursday.
During the hearing in the Supreme Court on Thursday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta gave the information to the court that CBSE board 10 and 12 standard examinations have been cancelled completely. Exams of class 10th have been cancelled while exams of 12th will be conducted when the conditions are normal. Students of class XII will be given the option to either agree to take the marks on the basis of internal assessment or to appear in the examination when the environment is suitable. Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu expressed complete inability to conduct examinations. ICSE also cancelled the exams of class X and XII.
It was said that the result of CBSE board students should be declared on the basis of internal assessment. The petition stated that according to the data shared by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Corona Virus will be at its peak in India in the coming months, in which situation, the examination should be cancelled completely. The petition stated that the number of COVID-19 infected cases in India has reached close to 3 lakhs, hence, conducting examination can be extremely risky in such alarming conditions.
In a meeting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Board officials had stated that it is easy to prepare the result from the assessment of class X, but in case of class XII, there will be difficulties in preparing the result. The Board stated that most of the higher technical studies like that of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and in Medical streams depend on the score of Class 12.
Additionally, there are many students who pay full attention to the preparation of board exams and do not spend much time on their school exams as they are busy preparing for finals and do not pay attention to class tests. This apart, those students who have enrolled in coaching centres for engineering and medical studies do not emphasize more on class tests, rather on final exams. In such a situation, the assessment of these students will be difficult.