Parents and professors alike are debating whether or not it is necessary to require college students to sit for an exam during the pandemic
Because the government is still analysing and deciding on the class 12 board examinations and other entrance examinations as a result of the continuing Covid-19 outbreak, some people believe that examinations should only be held after children have been vaccinated. Some states, including Delhi and Kerala, are in favour of vaccinating children before to the exam, according to a meeting conducted by the Ministry of Education earlier this week. Following the meeting on Sunday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ stated that states have reached a wide agreement on the conduct of Class 12 board exams and that a decision will be made by June 1 in a “informed, collaborative” manner.
The Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) Class 12 Board Exams 2021 remain a source of worry. While many have accepted that the CBSE 12th Board Exams would henceforth be held in July, it is believed that this decision is not final. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a BJP MP, told Times Now that the administration is currently collecting opinions and that nothing is definitive. He went on to say that at this stage, the government was just gathering alternatives from all state governments in order to understand their perspectives on exam administration. He indicated that the plan to hold the exam in July was still in the works.
“I am not in favour of physical tests,” Khurram Nayab, whose daughter needs to sit for board exams, claimed. Either conduct online examinations or assign grades based on internal evaluation.” Nayab’s daughter, a Delhi Public School student, will turn 18 in August and thus will not be eligible for Covid vaccination before the examinations, despite the fact that Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia has advised the central authorities to have Class XII pupils vaccinated as a priority. According to a Delhi government official, there is a greater unanimity this year among college principals and parents on cancelling examinations than there was last year.
“The vulnerability of the child does not reduce if the examination is 90 minutes instead of three hours or if there are fewer papers to write,” Shailendra Sharma, training advisor to the Delhi government, argued in support of CBSE’s options. The current virus’s severity suggests that social isolation may not be sufficient to prevent infection. Even if tests are administered within the students’ schools rather than at external exam centres, the students will still have to go and use public transportation.” Sharma’s different to exams: “Take historical references since the Class XII examinees have already sat for their Class X, Class XI exams and pre-board exams. CBSE can create an analysis framework. If a student is not fully satisfied by such an assessment, the option of an exam when the situation improves can be given. That way, assessment of 80% of the examinees is resolved.”
While stating that children who are not comfortable with the assessment format should be permitted to appear for exams, Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, said that CBSE’s idea of reducing the number of evaluated topics was untruthful.