The central board of secondary education (CBSE) may allow class 10 and 12 students to take their term-1 board exams from home in 2021-22 if the COVID-19 situation deteriorates in the upcoming months.
CBSE has indicated that cancellation of exams is not a solution, going forward, and instead of canceling, home-based online or offline exams will be put in place if the country faces a third wave of the pandemic in the ongoing academic session.
CBSE has already announced that the 2020-21 academic year assessment of board exams will be announced based on a 30:30:40 formula taking into account the average performance of the past three years.
Due to the pandemic, the CBSE has canceled the class 10 and class 12 board exams for the 2020-21 session and most of the state school boards followed the path.
The CBSE has already said it wishes to conduct the class 10 and class 12 assessments via two terms in 2021-22 instead of just one year-end final exam, prevalent currently.
CBSE has written to its affiliated schools that, “In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during November-December 2021, the Term I MCQ (multiple choice questions) based examination would be done by students online or offline from home,”
The Board may also allow Term-2 exams from home during the session.
The exams will happen either at the school center or at home in 2021-22 in any situation. And schools must be ready from the beginning of the CBSE assessment year to deal with any eventuality.
CBSE also informed its affiliated schools, “Results would be computed on the basis other Internal Assessment/Practical/Project Work and Theory marks of Term-I and II exams taken by the candidate from home in Class X / XII subject to the moderation or other measures to ensure validity and reliability of the assessment,”