CBSE & UNIVERSITIES EXAMS 2020: On 8th May, 2020 HRD minister announced exams dates from July 1 to 15.
NEW DELHI: Everything is being affected because of the worldwide covid-19 pandemic. There has been a complete lockdown in the nation since 25th March, 2020 and due to that students and universities are suffering. Education system is facing a challenge throughout the country, online platforms like google meet, skype, and zoom are being used to teach students. To take action against the Covid-19 HRD ministry postponed the major CBSE exams such as Class Xth, XIIth and entrance exams like NEET and JEE.
CBSE exams 2020
On 8th May, 2020 HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced thefor dates of exams class 12th. He said that the examination dates have been decided from July 1 to 15. CBSE will conduct 27 exams during the announced period including some of the 10th class papers that were halted. In his webinar with the teachers he also stated that assessments will also be completed within 50 days of the examinations and to conduct CBSE examinations 3000 centers have been allotted for the evaluation.
Before this Delhi government’s education minister Manish Sisodia in a joint conference with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that students from Class nursey to 8th will be promoted to the next class without any examinations due to the lurking danger of CoronaVirus. In regard to this Central Board of Examination (CBSE) also made the same announcements for Classes 1st to 8th whereas for the classes IXth and XIth the students will be judged and assessed on the basis of their class tests and projects that were taken before the lockdown.
For College universities it is still a major challenge to evaluate students. The University Grant Commission (UGC) has suggested some ways to evaluate students on the basis of online assessments such as viva, MCQ based assessment, Open Book Online tests, projects, presentations and other alternate necessary assessments. The UGC has also proposed to continue the session until 31st May and advised the universities to conduct the end term in between the month of July. UGC has also prescribed that to reduce the duration of exams from 3 hours to 2 hours as this will be useful in conducting the exams in 2-3 shifts. If the conditions of Covid-19 remain like this then Delhi University (DU) has to conduct Online Open Book Examination (OBE) for the end term (for all UG/PG students). Vinay Gupta, Dean of examination in his letter mentioned that end term would take place from July 1st to July 15th if the conditions becomes better and if not than OBE would be considered where students will take examination online and can refer to books and notes, he also asked the teachers to submit the questions papers till 3rd of June.
It should also be considered that not every student has access to internet or laptop/desktops to facilitate themselves for the online tests and moreover there is another factor of internet connectivity that should be kept in mind.