New Delhi, 02 December 2021: Around 8,000 parents have written a letter to the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan requesting him to direct the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to provide a hybrid option for board exams in view of concerns raised by a new variant of COVID-19, Omicron. As per the parents, conducting offline exams under these conditions can invite a medical crisis again. Moreover, they have highlighted that the “Right to Life” should be the priority while evaluating students. As per them, lack of choice has put a lot of students under psychological pressure.
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What is Hybrid Mode of Exam?
Hybrid mode of examination entails the process of holding exams both in online and offline mode. While an online examination system is a computer-based test system that is used to conduct computer-based tests online, an offline exam is the traditional way of conducting tests with offline question paper and OMR based answer sheets.
CBSE Term 1 Exams – Why Are Demands for Exams in Hybrid Mode Being Raised?
- All the students have not been vaccinated completely yet.
- Around 3 percent to 4 percent students are still being tested positive.
- COVID-19 virus is expected to spread even more due to the year-end festive season. This would give rise to a super-spreader event if the same is conducted only in offline mode.
- Some states are still under the red zone. Hence, holding offline examinations across India would only lead to violation of the COVID-19 protocols.
- To ensure fair assessment, conducting online exams will be justified for the students as they have been following the mechanism of online learning for more than a year now.
Note: This letter has come up after the Supreme Court scrapped a petition filed by a group of students seeking directions for CBSE and CISCE to issue a revised circular for conducting the ensuing Class 10 and 12 board examinations in hybrid mode instead of offline mode only due to prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic.
Students React to CBSE’s Decision of Conducting Term 1 Exams in Offline Mode
Even the students have taken to twitter to raise their concern on holding first term exams in hybrid mode. Using the hashtags ‘#MakeTerm1Online’ and ‘#MakeTerm1Hybrid’, the students claimed that the offline examination would pose a threat to their lives.