COVID-19: School principals not in favour of postponing board exams – education
Several school principals in the national capital and adjacent areas are not in favor of postponing CBSE board examinations next year in light of continued school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
School principals believe that the postponement of the board examinations will not be a correct move, as it will affect the timing of the higher education entrance exams and the admissions processes, which will be unsettling for students.
Last month, the Delhi government had written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to hold the board exams next year before May and further reduce the curriculum as schools remain closed due to to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delhi Chief Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia also raised the issue at NCERT’s council meeting last month chaired by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
“Postponing board exams can have serious repercussions on the growth and achievement of students preparing through remote learning. How this session was attributed to familiarization with remote learning tools, both by students and teachers, ”said Priyanka Barara, director of the International School of Delhi.
“Without a concrete update on vaccinations, we don’t see parents allowing their wards to go back to school. Therefore, we would not like to repeat the pattern of wasting time supporting delayed board examinations, ”he added.
Alka Kapur, director of Shalimar Bagh Modern Public School, who is also president of the Delhi Sahodaya School Complex, said a survey was conducted to get feedback from principals and teachers from more than 100 schools on the subject.
“We asked this same question: when should the exams take place? By an overwhelming majority, school officials suggested that the board’s exams should not be postponed beyond March 15. Additionally, the CBSE board results for Class 12 and the Higher Education Entrance Exams are interrelated, so postponing the exams could cause unnecessary confusion.
“Secondly, we also unanimously agreed that it is better not to reduce the study program further and that students should have an interval of at least 3 to 4 days between subsequent exams. Another point that was raised was that we should try to practice in the offline format only by calling the students in small groups, ”he said.
Kalpana Dwivedi, Principal of St Joseph’s High School, CBSE Panvel, said, “Exams should not be postponed any longer, the theory part will be completed in due time. And the practical part can be addressed in January-February 2021, therefore, the exams can be taken in mid-March 2021 taking into account the existing situation. “” We do not see any reason to postpone the exams until the month of May, as our teachers and students have already gotten used to virtual learning methods. We have already planned the academic calendar in a way that relevant attention has been paid to the timely completion of the study program along with the practice sessions and discussions to resolve doubts with teachers “, Sangeeta Hajela, Principal, Delhi Public School, Indirapuram” Also, according to government guidelines the curriculum has been reduced by 30-40 percent, which is appropriate considering the gap physical room created by the pandemic. Further reduction would create a substantial gap in knowledge and understanding of important concepts, “he added.
Pallavi Upadhyaya, Principal, DPS-RNE Ghaziabad, said, “A detailed discussion was started between teachers, management and parents to plan a systematic academic calendar in the remote learning academic session. Classes are being taught and planned ever since with the intention of taking board exams in a timely manner. “
“An extension would lead to a disruption in the established schedule of students and teachers. Curriculum reduction has already been implemented by the board, reducing the burden and compensating for the gap created due to the lack of interaction in the classroom, ”he said.
In a letter to the CBSE, the Directorate of Education (DoE) had said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large part of the time of the 2020-21 academic session (approximately seven months) could not be used for the process of classroom teaching learning, as schools in Delhi are closed until October 31st.
Universities and schools across the country were ordered to close on March 16 to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. On March 25, the Center announced a nationwide shutdown. While various restrictions have been gradually relaxed in different phases of the ‘unlock’ since June 8, educational institutions continued to be closed.
However, according to the latest ‘Unlock 5’ guidelines, schools, universities and other educational institutions outside of the COVID-19 containment zones may reopen after October 15. The final decision on the reopening of the institutions was left to the states and territories of the Union.
The Delhi government has decided to maintain the status quo on school closings until further orders.