There is not a single aspect of human life that has not been affected by this historic pandemic. It has been more than a year since people worldwide had to make drastic changes in their lives in order to tackle the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Students have constantly been at the receiving end of this pandemic.
A nationwide total lockdown was initiated in India from the 24th of March 2020.
February to March is a crucial period for school-going children as most schools conduct their final examinations during that time. It is more so crucial for the students of classes 10 and 12 who are usually supposed to take their board examinations in that period. So, when the lockdown happened in the last week of March most of the students were not yet finished with their board examinations. CISCE and CBSE had to cancel the remaining examinations and grade the students accordingly.
This year around, the situation has changed for the worse. As the academic sessions were running late, examinations were supposed to take place from the month of May 2021. Things were going comparatively smooth until the second outbreak of deaths and infections due to Covid-19 appeared on the scene. Examinations were supposed to take place with all the Covid-19 protocols but the situations that we’re in control, however, the conditions now are grim with more than 2 lakh cases and 1500+ deaths being recorded every day for almost a week today.
Many influential people and also the common citizens of the country including the students took to the internet to demand the cancellation of board examinations. Usual school examinations can happen and have been since a year happening online but board examinations were to take place in physical capacity, the scope of which seems impossible for now.
Consequently, CBSE has decided to cancel the class 10 board examinations and postpone the class 12 board examinations both of which were scheduled to take place from 4 May to June 14, 2021. CISCE has also followed the lead and has decided to cancel their class 10 board examinations and postpone the class 12 board examinations in the wake of the ‘worsening Covid-19 situation’ in the country. CISCE has also advised the schools to begin the procedure of enrolling students in class XI and to begin the online classes for the same.
Besides the two national boards of education, several state boards including West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and others have either canceled or postponed their final year school examinations.