Anurag Tripathi, secretary, CBSE, told
Education Times that the board is taking special measures amid coronavirus to conduct the exams. “This year, the number of exam centres across the country will be increased to maintain social distancing. Similarly, the provision for centralised evaluation process will continue and the number of evaluation centres will also be increased. But, the board will not be responsible for providing vaccines to the teachers and evaluators.”
The board has also given a free-hand for schools to conduct practical and pre-boards exams in either offline or online mode. The academic cycle has been disrupted due to the coronavirus outbreak and students’ study abroad plans were also altered. To avoid any further disturbance, the board will work on a speedy declaration of results and may be released before mid-July.
Every year, the board releases model exam papers for class X and XII board exams. However, this year the syllabus has been reduced by 30% due to academic loss amid COVID-19 and the teachers are working on preparing fresh question papers.
“The teachers have to carefully take note of the chapters and topics that have been dropped. Hence, a new approach will have to be followed for preparing model papers and students must practice through the sample papers to be better prepared,” Tripathi added.
After introducing two-level math examinations for class X in 2019, the education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ recently announced that two-level examinations will be introduced for English and Sanskrit. However, Tripathi said that the board is yet to devise a strategy for the same and the provision for two exams with different difficulty levels may be implemented only in 2022.