CBSE Board Exams 2021-22: A political controversy has erupted after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released class 10, 12 exam date sheet for term 1 examination, with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi opposing the board’s decision to keep Punjabi out of the main subjects. Terming the board’s decision against ‘the federal spirit of the Constitution, Channi said, “I firmly oppose the CBSE’s authoritarian decision to keep Punjabi out of the main subjects. This is violating the right of Punjabi youth to learn their native language. I condemn this biased exclusion of Punjabi.”Also Read - 'Conducting Offline Exams Can Invite Medical Catastrophe', Parents Write to Govt Demanding Hybrid Mode Option For CBSE Term 1 Papers

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE, in July, announced a special assessment scheme and bifurcated the academic session into two terms.  For term 1 and term 2 examinations, the CBSE classified subjects as minor and major — and released separate date sheets for each category. Also Read - CBSE Board Exams 2021-22: Important Notification Issued Amid Ongoing Class 10, 12 Exams | Deets Inside

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The Central Board is offering 114 subjects in class 12 and 75 subjects in class 10. Out of these, 19 are major subjects in class 12 and nine in class 10. For class 10, the ‘major subjects’ include social science, science, mathematics, Hindi, computer application, and English. Regional and foreign languages— such as Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Sanskrit, French, German, Tibetan, Arabian, Persian, have been classified as ‘minor subjects’. Optional subjects — food production, retailing, music, healthcare, agriculture also come under ‘minor subjects’.

Here are 10 key updates every student should know:-

  • Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh has also criticized the board’s decision, calling it a ‘conspiracy to wean children away from their mother tongue’. ” The step amounted to gross injustice to students of Punjab and was in contravention to the spirit of the Constitution”, he claimed.  Furthermore, he asked the  CBSE to reconsider the decision.
  • Hitting back at Punjab ministers, CBSE clarified that all regional languages have been kept in the category of minor subjects for first term exams for classes 10 and 12.
  • “It is clarified that the classification of subjects has been done purely on the administrative ground for the purpose of the conduct of first term exams based on the number of candidates appearing in the subject and in no way reflects the importance of subjects as major or minor”, a senior board official said.
  • “Every subject is equally important from an academic point of view. Punjabi is one of the regional languages being offered. All the regional languages have been put under the minor category for the purpose of administrative convenience in relation to the logistics required for the conduct of examinations,” the official added.
  • Amid all these, students have demanded that they should have the choice to appear for either online or offline exams this year.
  •  “CBSE should keep Term 1 boards ONLINE. If classes have been held online exams should be too. And besides, they are experimenting with everything in the 2021-22 class 10 and 12th batch… At least they should keep term 1 exam online”, a student wrote on Twitter.
  • The first-term board exams for class 10 will begin from November 30, while the exams for class 12 are scheduled from December 1.
  • The exams will be objective and the duration of the tests will be 90 minutes.
  • The exams will start at 11.30 am instead of 10.30 am in view of the winter season.
  • The exams for minor subjects for class 10 will be conducted from November 17 to December 7, those for class 12 will be conducted from November 16 to December 30. The minor subjects exams will be conducted by schools, through the question paper, provided by the board.