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 to curb the first wave of COVID, due to which several examinations had to be canceled. CBSE and CISCE board exams were stopped midway and students were marked for the remaining subjects in a different manner of gradation. This time around, due to the coming of the second wave, matters turned worse. Last year more than half the board exams were done but this time it was delayed and the delay could never culminate into anything as the class 12 board examinations have ultimately been cancelled.
CBSE announced that they will not conduct the class 12 board examinations this year and this came after a discussion with PM Modi and his tweet confirming the same. CISCE followed the lead and did the same, canceled the final school year’s examination.
The CBSE has released an official notification stating that the postponed Class 12 exams now stand canceled. “Any student who is not satisfied with the assessment has an option to appear in the exam as and when the situation becomes conducive”, reads the official statement by CBSE. This clearly indicates that students would be allowed to re-appear for examinations later if they find the present gradation unsatisfactory. However, it is difficult to assess that what would be the benefit of altering one’s mark later when students need it in the present to apply to different colleges and universities for admission based on merit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a meeting with union ministers, cabinet secretary, and other stakeholders to discuss the situation of Class 12 board exams and review all the possible options on the exam. The Prime Minister said that the decision on Class 12 CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students.
When this news was announced, the internet was taken to a storm. Most were happy expressing their joy over the cancellation of exams, sharing memes. However, there is a group that criticized the step stating that would happen to all the effort they put in to prepare for these examinations.
Some students are confused as well as the councils have yet not declared the procedure of gradation and most students do not know what their future holds for them. In short, there is a legitimate level of anxiety among students with regards to the less information given out by the authorities.
Besides CBSE and CISCE, many states, such as Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana have also decided to cancel the class 12 examinations for this year. Other state boards have notified that they will take a conclusive call soon, breaking the bubble of anxiety among students across the country.