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‘Too early to decide’, say CBSE, CISCE after Maharashtra, Gujarat postpone 2021 board exams

Maharashtra and Gujarat have announced the decision to delay 2021 state board exams. But CBSE, CISCE officials say they’re awaiting govt instructions to take a call on the matter.

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New Delhi: The delay in the 2020 academic session due to the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be spilling over to 2021 as two states — Maharashtra and Gujarat — have already announced the decision to delay the state board exams.

Both the states said it would be impossible to conduct exams for Class 10 and 12 before May 2021, which is two months later than the March schedule every year. 

The two central boards — Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) — are, however, yet to take a call on the schedule and said “it’s too early to decide”, ThePrint has learnt.

Usually, most of the boards start their Class 10 and 12 exams between March and April every year. This year, however, boards are reassessing the schedule as many states have still not re-opened schools and students lost academic time due to lockdown, making it difficult to finish the syllabus on time.

Officials in both the boards told ThePrint they are assessing the situation and waiting for instructions from the Ministry of Education to take a call on the matter. The boards had earlier hinted at the possibility of a delay. 

Secretary, CBSE, Anurag Tripathi told ThePrint, “It’s too early to take a call right now, we are assessing the situation and looking at all options as of now.”

Sources in the CBSE said the board is looking at all options because it will have to take a final call in consultation with other boards like the CISCE and state boards.

“We will have to keep in mind many things like the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) schedule, the schedule of other boards and then only we will be able to take a final call,” said a CBSE source.

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We are in a wait-and-watch mode, says CISCE

Meanwhile, CISCE officials said they are awaiting instructions from the central government. 

“We are awaiting instructions from the Ministry of Education in deciding the exam schedule. As of now, we are in a wait-and-watch mode and assessing the situation,” Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE, Gerry Arathoon, told ThePrint.

Board officials, however, said the schools are on track to complete the syllabus by December, which is usually the time by when schools finish syllabus for exams to start in March.

Both the CBSE and CISCE had reduced the syllabus to help students as they lost a considerable amount of academic time due to the lockdown.

ThePrint reached School Education Secretary Anita Karwal through phone calls and text messages to find out the ministry’s position on the board exam schedule, but there was no response till the publication of this report.

This report has been updated to reflect the correct designation of Gerry Arathoon.

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  2. If u can’t extend the boards to may ,then u can conduct the boards in April bud not before March……😭😭

  3. I am from icse and I too have the same problem the syllabus is not yet completed I am not prepared for exam😢😢
    in school the teachers are just trying to complete their their syllabus they or not looking that are children understanding the concept or not

    It will be good if the exam will be postponed ……..🙇🙇🙇🙏🙏

  4. I should not have chosen CBSE for my higher studies . One of the biggest mistake in my life . I want to rectify that mistake by joining the state boards .

  5. सर तो कुछ पढ़ा रहे लेकिन कुछ समझ में नहीं आ रहा है और सर तो वह कंप्लीट कर ही दे रहे हो ऑनलाइन लेकिन कोई बच्चा को चैप्टर समझ में ही नहीं आ रहा है और सिलेबस तो खत्म ही हो गया लगभग साइकिल इसलिए आगरा है कि डेट को प्रपोज किया जाए और अप्रैल 2 मई में एग्जाम लिया जाए सिलेबस

  6. We dont want any reduced syallbus but we want that cbse should delay boards because we will get sufficient for revision amd get ready for other exams also namely ntse .

  7. Many schools r taking online classes just for formalities. Forget about the students,even many well educated parents couldn’t understand the way many teachers r teaching online. 🤔

  8. The exam should be postpone.
    Online classes are something like waste of time.
    Sometimes I face network issue very badly😭😭😭

  9. We are unable to study by sitting at home ………So, pls cbse postpone the exams for atleast 2 months!!!! So that we can get enough revision and also completing the syllabus 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. Please postponedthe board exam it’s a request to board. Basically I belong to uttarakhand too much network problems in our area all the 4 subject syllabus are complete but in account not complete half couse. Still 2 books are pending sir

  11. My sir going to complete full book by teaching. In online but i don’tknow 1 lesson also whatto do I don’t know 😢😢😢

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