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CBSE board exam: Over 1 lakh students urge government to cancel it, board responds

A senior CBSE official said the number of exam centers has been increased by 40-50 percent to ensure social distancing

Citing a huge surge in Covid-19 cases, over one lakh students of classes 10th and 12th have urged the government to either cancel or the board exams or conduct them online. The board exams for both grades are scheduled to be held on May 4. The students have signed a petition online and the hashtag cancelboardexams2021 has been trending on Twitter for the past two days.

However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have ensured that adequate safety arrangements are being made for students and all Covid-19 protocols will be strictly followed during the exams.

A senior CBSE official said the number of exam centers has been increased by 40-50 percent to ensure social distancing, news agency Press Trust of India.

Petition on Change.org, making rounds on the internet says the situation in India is getting worse day by day. When there were only a few cases in the country, they canceled the remaining board exams and now when the cases are at a peak they are planning to open schools. The students urged the education minister to cancel all examinations that are scheduled to be held in May this year.

Usually, board exam practicals are conducted in January and written exams begin in February but due to the surge in Covid-19 infections the exams were delayed and are scheduled to be held in May-June.

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The board had last week announced that if any student fails to appear for ongoing practical exams due to testing Covid-19 positive, the schools will conduct re-tests for them at an appropriate time. The board has, however, not ensured whether the same relaxation will be given to students in theory exams as well.

Similarly, Gerry Arathoon, the chief executive and secretary at CISCE, said the schedule for exams will remain the same.

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