New Delhi, 25 April 2021 – The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) held a webinar today on its YouTube channel to discuss the modalities for the conduct of its Term 2 examinations 2021-22. During the 2-hour long CBSE Term 2 Webinar 2022, Sanyam Bhardwaj – Joint Secretary and Officer on Special Duty, CBSE – demonstrated an extensive presentation to answer several questions and address issues posed by schools, parents, and students from across the country.
Note: While the webinar was initially supposed to begin at 11 am, it began at around 12 pm due to some technical reasons. This webinar was attended by approximately 26,000 CBSE teachers from India and abroad.
CBSE Term 2 Webinar 2022 – Issues Addressed
Here are the resolutions to various issues and questions related to students for CBSE Term-2 examinations:
Issue 1 – What to do if a student is present in Term-1 examination and absent in Term-2 examination or vice versa?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – If a student has appeared for the CBSE Term-1 examination, but is absent in the Term-2 examination, CBSE will provide the final result based on the Term-1 performance. Similarly, if a student is appearing for the Term-2 examination but did not appear for the Term-1 examination, the final result will be provided based on the Term-1 examination of the student.
Issue 2 – What if a student is absent in both Term-1 and Term-2 examinations?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – In such a scenario, the board will not be having a “database on the basis of which we (CBSE) can prepare the result.” Hence, the student will have to appear for the examinations again next year, as a regular or private student (whatever is more favourable to the student).
Continuing the talk on the same issue, Bhardwaj reported that he has been getting requests from the schools to let students (who haven’t appeared for both the terms) take the compartment examinations. He further clarified that for Class 10 students, the compartment exams for all subjects are conducted within nearly 7 days, and for Class 12 students, the compartment exams are conducted within a single day. Requesting the school authorities to not send requests that are “not appropriate”, Bhardwaj reiterated that students absent from both Term-1 and Term-2 exams cannot appear for compartment exams since it is not possible to conduct exams of all subjects within the given time frame.
Issue 3 – What to do if a student is suffering from COVID-19?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – Bhardwaj, during his presentation, told the school teachers and concerned authorities to provide separate rooms to COVID-affected candidates. In cases where a student has already appeared for 3-4 examinations and then got COVID, the CBSE board will decide on what to do at an “appropriate time”. Bhardwaj, while addressing this issue, reiterated that “we will decide each and everything in favour of the student only. We will see what best could be done so that they [students who get COVID during the examinations] clear their Class 10 and Class 12 examination, and we are able to save their future.”
Issue 4 – What if the parents of a candidate are suffering from COVID-19?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – Mr. Bhardwaj, on behalf of the board, suggested the students to take all the necessary precautions in such cases to prevent getting affected and affecting others. “They [students] should see that they are not having close contact with the parents. In the home, they should be masked,” advised Bhardwaj.
Issue 5 – What to do if a student missed practicals?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – In such cases, teachers have to conduct the practical exams at an appropriate time, get in touch with regional offices and provide the candidate’s marks to them, so that the board can process their results immediately after the conduct of the board examinations. This will ensure that the CBSE results are declared “at the earliest”.
Issue 6 – Hard or easy question paper?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – Terming the trend of students going on social media to complain about difficult question papers as “not correct”, Bhardwaj said that CBSE has a “methodological system” of preparing question papers, as per which it is ensured that all sets of question papers have the same difficulty level, which also matches with the last year question papers. “I request the students that even if there is a slight variation of difficulty seen, there is a methodology to address this issue,” said Bhardwaj.
Issue 7 – What is the seating arrangement? How many students will be seated in one exam room?
Resolution Provided by CBSE – There will be 18 students allowed, as per CBSE, in one classroom – 6 students in each of the 3 rows.
Addressing the issue further, Bhardwaj notified that schools are concerned over two neighbouring students getting the same set of question papers. “Please know that this arrangement is to ensure safe examination (as per COVID protocols). In schools, the general width of a classroom is 15×20 feet. So, in such cases, even if the same set of question papers is provided within a certain location, there should be sufficient distance between two rows. We could have gone for 12 students in one room, but in such a scenario, more teachers and invigilators would be required, which will hamper the normal functioning of the schools. Hence, we increased the number to 18,” he said.
Issue 7 – Helping hand to CWSN or Candidates with Special Needs
Resolution Provided by CBSE – Emphasising that CBSE is the “only board” which is extending the best facilities and relaxation to Candidates with Special Needs (CWSN) candidates, Bhardwaj reported that the board has issued guidelines (available on the official website) for all the PwD (Persons with disabilities) candidates.
During the conduct of the examination, CBSE would either provide a scribe to disabled students or provide them with seating arrangements on the ground floor. Bhardwaj further directed the schools to do their own diligence while dealing with a CWSN student “even if they do not have consent from the board’s side.” Schools, however, have to ensure that the details of disability of CWSN candidates are mentioned on their admit cards. They have to report such cases to the regional offices so that they can be saved for any future complications, if any, suggested Bhardwaj.
Important Screenshots from the CBSE Term 2 Webinar 2022
CBSE TERM-2 DATE SHEETS FOR CLASSES 10 AND 12
INSTRUCTIONS RELATED TO SOCIAL MEDIA
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS DURING CBSE EXAMINATIONS
SCHEDULE ON CBSE TERM-2 EXAM DAY
SAMPLE SCHEDULE FOR 2-HOUR EXAMINATION