New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which announced Wednesday that board exams will be conducted in 29 subjects, has said that they will include only those that are important for Class 12. It added that exams on regional languages will not be held.
For Class 10, there will be no exams across the country, except for riot-hit Northeast Delhi.
A CBSE circular, which has been accessed by ThePrint, showed the Class 12 exams will be held in subjects such as Business Studies, Geography, Hindi, Home Science, Sociology, Computer Science, Information Practice (old and new), Information Technology and Bio-Technology.
Exams will not be held in regional languages such as Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, among others.
The CBSE offers a several languages as subjects to students from Class 10 onwards. These include Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, Marathi, Gujarati, Manipuri, Malayalam, Odia, Assamese, Kannada, Arabic, Tibetan, French, German, Persian, Telugu, Tangkhul, Japanese, Bhutia, Spanish, Mizo, Bodo and Bahasa Melayu.
According to Board officials, evaluation in subjects for which exams are not being held will be done on the basis of internal assessment and by weighing in the performance of the student throughout the year. This will be communicated to all the schools in due course, the CBSE official said.
The decision on the exams was taken on the advice of HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. The minister on Wednesday tweeted that due to the Covid-19 situation and keeping in mind the future of the students, he had advised the CBSE to conduct exams for only 29 main subjects that are required for promotion and admission to colleges.
Due to the ongoing #COVID19 situation & keeping in mind the academic future of students, I have advised @cbseindia29 to conduct board examinations only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion & maybe crucial for admissions in HEIs #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/T5fNrrj6FT
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 1, 2020
Separate list of subjects released for Northeast Delhi students
A separate list of subjects was released for students from the Northeast Delhi region, who were affected due to the riots in the national capital, for both Classes 10 and 12.
For Class 10, most of the exams, including those of the crucial subjects, were already over by 18 March, when the board decided to postpone the exams. Information Communications and Computer Applications are the only two subjects that were left and the board has decided not to conduct exams for these two subjects. Evaluation will be done on the basis of internal assessment.
The CBSE has also decided that for Class 10, exams for only those subjects will be conducted that had to be postponed due the riots in Northeast Delhi.