New Delhi, 18 January, 2022: Due to the sudden increase in the COVID-19 cases, students across the nation are demanding the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other boards to cancel the exams. This is because CBSE and several other state boards have decided to continue with board examinations despite the increasing number of Omicron cases in India.
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Central and State Board Exams 2022: Details
- Regarding the central boards, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) are yet to announce the schedule of the Term-2 exams, as Term-2 exams will be conducted only if the COVID-19 situation gets better.
- Regarding state boards, states like Assam, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra have decided to continue with the board exams.
- In West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, the board exams will take place in accordance with the COVID-19 situation.
- In Uttar Pradesh (UP Board), Class 10 and12 exams will be conducted after the General Elections (Legislative Assembly).
Central and State Board Exams 2022: Students’ Concern
Many students have come forward to oppose the conduct of Class 10 and 12 board exams. To raise their concern, they have been posting tweets with hashtags #cancelboardpariksha, #CancelBoardExam2022, and #cancelboards2022.
Here are few of these tweets:
Currently we students are under lot of pressure. Our mental health is at peak. Some of us lost our loved ones during pendemic. Makin our mental health worse. Its a humble request plz cancel board exams cuz we aren’t mentally prepared for it. #cancelboardpariksha @VarshaEGaikwad pic.twitter.com/1iKh4R2f6c
— ABHISHEK DUBEY (@ABHI_DUBEY09) January 15, 2022
— avdhesh Tiwari (@2293_s11) January 15, 2022
After teaching online for the whole year now ur willing to take offline exams? Why? If u can trust ur teachers in online classes then why not us during exams? #cancelboardpariksha pic.twitter.com/EfsspBnVjF
— Pooja (@Pooja44988873) January 15, 2022
Exams and School Closures 2022: Responses of CBSE and World Bank
- Though India has been witnessing an upsurge in COVD-19 cases, the CBSE board and the Union Ministry of Education are still not completely in favor of cancelling Term-2 of Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations, as it concerns the future of the students.
- As per World Bank’s Global Education Director, Jaime Saavedra, there is no justification in the present times regarding keeping schools closed due to the pandemic and even if there are new waves, closing schools should be the last resort.
- The literary crisis in India is on the verge of increasing from 55 percent to 70 percent due to learning loss and more out-of-school children. If schools continue to be shut, learning adjusted years of schooling is predicted to fall and the average annual earnings might reduce giving rise to a pessimistic scenario regarding the future of the students.