CBSE Class 12 Board Exam:  As coronavirus cases are rising exponentially, speculations are doing rife that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may postpone the class 12 board exam 2021. Meanwhile,  a CBSE official, while speaking to a leading portal clarified that the board will take a final call on postponing and conducting the class 12 exams after reviewing the coronavirus situation in June. However, he indicated that if the situation worsens, the CBSE may follow the assessment plan of class 10, ‘but it’s too early to say’.

“If the exams could not be conducted in July, then we can not further delay conducting the exam. As the entire exam process takes more than a month including evaluation of copies and result declaration. If suppose the result be declared by the end of August, how will the students take admission in varsities, higher education institutions”, India TV quoted the official as saying.

Cancel CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021: What Experts Say

On the other hand, several experts have said that given the current scenario, the decision to cancel Class 12 board exams cannot be dismissed and there needs to be an alternate assessment strategy to deal with the same.

“Many students have lost a family member to the pandemic – they are young 17 or 18-year-olds and already worried about life, tackling grief and uncertainty. With all that is happening, the government must consider canceling the exams and finding an alternative assessment plan like they have done for class 10″, a retired teacher told Times Now.

Contradicting him, Manju Rana, Director and Principal Seth Anandram Jaipuria School told India Today that CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021 should be conducted as these exams are the touchstone of academic assessment in higher education, and they should not be cancelled.

“The criterion of standardization of marks for Class 10 should not be extrapolated to Class 12, because college education must be founded on quality high school education, which can be best evaluated through Board Exams,” the portal Rana as saying.

Crucial Meeting on June 1

The government and the education department members will hold a crucial meeting on June 1 to take a final call on the new timetable or date sheet.

Earlier, the Board had postponed the Class 12th board exam which was earlier scheduled to be conducted in March.