The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has ruled out any possibility to conduct classes 9 and 11 examinations in online mode. CBSE Controller of Examinations Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj has said in exclusive conversation with India TV Digital that the conduct of online examination for Classes 9 and 11 is “not possible” as of now.
Several students taking to Twitter using #OnlineExamsfor9thand11th had urged the board to conduct the examinations online as they believe that ‘schools are not equipped’ to conduct offline exams. They had claimed that the conduction of online exams would be safer and won’t put more pressure on them
In response to their concern, Dr. Sanyam, Bhardwaj said that the facility to conduct online examinations is not uniformly available across the country. He also added that there are many students who are struggling to use the online platform due to lack of access to the internet and devices.
Dr. Bhardwaj also stated that – “In school education, in addition to the assessment of the knowledge of the subjects, other aspects like thinking skill, writing skill, etc. of the students are also assessed. As of now, in the online examination, assessment of the above-said aspects is not possible.”
He also dismissed the claims made by students’ that schools are yet to complete their syllabus of Classes 9 and 11.
“As per the information available, all the schools have completed their syllabus of Class-9 and 11 by December 2020. Thus, it would be appropriate if the examinations are conducted in such a manner that session 2021-22 is starting on time without any delay”, said Dr Bhardwaj.
CBSE schools are planning to conduct class 9, 11 annual exams early to ensure resources for 10th 12th practical and board exams. So far, the board has only shared a timeline of the examination which is scheduled to begin from May 4, 2021, and end on June 10, 2021. The practical exams have been scheduled to happen from March 1, 2021. The complete date sheet for class 10 and 12 board exam is yet to be released by CBSE.