CBSE Exam Update 2020 : CBSE, ICSE 10th, 12th July Exams Cancelled, Board tells SC

CBSE 10th, 12th Exam 2020: SC had last week asked CBSE to consider scrapping the class 10 and Class 12 board exams in view of the growing cases of coronavirus infections in the country.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will not conduct the class 10th examination while the students of Class 12th will be given an option of appearing in exams after conditions are conducive. The Class 12 students will get the option to appear in examinations or take assessment on the basis of their performance in past three exams.

SC had last week asked CBSE to consider scrapping the class 10 and Class 12 board exams in view of the growing cases of coronavirus infections in the country.

The court made this suggestion in response to a plea from a group of parents, who have asked for cancellation of the remaining board exams citing the Covid-19 pandemic.

In their plea, the parents said that conducting examinations across over 15,000 centres at this stage would unnecessarily expose children to the risk of contracting Covid-19. It also asked the board to allot marks to students for the remaining papers on the basis of their internal assessment and performance in practicals and examinations they took in March.


25 June, 2020, 4:15 pm

CBSE Board Exam Update 2020 : Decision On Remaining Class 12 Board Exams On Thursday : CBSE To Top Court

Ministry of Human Resource Development is at an advance stage of decision making, the court was told. This decision will also affect schools affiliated to the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, which recently told Bombay High Court it will "broadly follow the CBSE decision".

The central government will soon take a decision on conducting remaining board examinations for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE).

The government will present its decision before the Supreme Court, which is hearing petitions pertaining to conduct of remaining exams by both the boards.

"The decision making process (by Ministry of Human Resource Development) is at an advance stage and would be finalised by Thursday," the Solicitor General appearing for the CBSE and the Central government said.

The case, filed by a group of parents seeking cancellation of a notification on holding board exams from July 1 to 15 because of rising coronavirus cases, has been posted for hearing at 2PM Thursday.

The decision will also have a bearing on how the CICSE, popularly called ICSE, conducts the remaining exams for classes 10 and 12.

The matter, posted in Bombay High Court, has been deferred in view of the hearing in the top court after the education board said it "will broadly follow the CBSE decision".

The CICSE had earlier decided to give the students an option to either physically appear for the remaining class 10 and 12 exams or have their performance evaluated on basis of internal exams.

The court said the board was at liberty to tweak the CBSE order and make an "informed decision".

A revision in how the CBSE conducts class 12 exams will also affect competitive examinations.

While engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains is scheduled from July 18-23, medical entrance exam NEET is to be held on July 26.

"A decision about the two exams will also be taken in accordance with the decision on board exams," an official said.

Schools and universities across the country have been shut since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

While the government has eased several restrictions in phases, schools and colleges remain closed.


23 June, 2020, 3:09 pm

CBSE May Clear Class 12 Students Without Exam

Currently, about 19 states and union territories have finished conducting their Board exams for Class 12 students. These include Bihar, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may allow Class 12 students to graduate early under a special marking scheme, but offer them the option to take the Board exams at a later date to improve their performance.

In other words, CBSE may not hold the Board exams in July and, instead, come up with an alternate method of evaluation. Students who are dissatisfied with their results can opt for the pen-and-paper exam to be conducted by the Board later in the year.

According to government sources, given the current load of Covid-positive cases in the country, it may not be feasible to conduct the CBSE exams from July 1 to July 15. However, any further delay may put CBSE students at a disadvantage as far as admission to higher education institutions is concerned.

Currently, about 19 states and union territories have finished conducting their Board exams for Class 12 students. These include Bihar, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

“States which have wrapped up (their exams) will start their admission process (for colleges and universities) soon. CBSE students will be left behind if their exams are postponed beyond July 15,” said a government official. Many universities in Bihar are likely to start their admission process soon, the official said.

CBSE is learnt to have discussed the plan with the HRD Ministry in two meetings this week. The Board is currently working on the alternate evaluation method by which it will declare results for Class 12 students, including for the papers which will not be held in July. A formal announcement is expected next week.

The Board was forced to decide on the feasibility of holding exams in July after parents approached the Supreme Court pleading for the Board to scrap the exams. CBSE has time till Tuesday to respond to the plea.

The pending exams for Class 12 include 12 core subjects — Business Studies, Geography, Hindi (Core), Hindi (Elective), Home Science, Sociology, Computer Science (Old), Computer Science (New), Information Practice (Old), Information Practice (New), Information Technology and Bio-Technology.

The government, sources added, is unlikely to scrap the national entrance tests such as JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced) and NEET. “These can be postponed further but will not be scrapped,” the official quoted above said.


20 June, 2020, 9:55 am

SC Tells CBSE to Consider Scrapping of Remaining Exams and Allot Marks on Basis of Internal Assessment

The Supreme Court of India has asked CBSE to consider scrapping of remaining papers of Board exam and to allot marks on basis of internal assessment.

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday told CBSE to consider scrapping of remaining papers of class 10th and 12th board exams and to allot marks on the basis of internal assessment. A 3-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar asked CBSE to take instructions and inform by Tuesday. The Court was hearing a petition by a parent Amit Bathla seeking scrapping of exams in the present situation.CBSE has planned to conduct the examinations for remaining papers between July 1 and July 15.

The plea was filed by some parents of students who are appearing in class 12th examination. The plea sought a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of exam already conducted and to calculate it on an average basis with internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects. Raising concern over the safety of lakhs of students, the plea said that they might be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they have to appear in the examinations amid increasing number of coronavirus cases.

The plea also alleged that considering the gravity of COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE has cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its around 250 schools which are situated abroad and has adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams or the internal assessment marks.

17 June, 2020, 1:23 pm

NCERT Alternative Calendar - 11th & 12th : MHRD releases NCERT alternative academic calendar for class 11, 12

Union human resource development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has released an alternative academic calendar developed by NCERT on Wednesday. The alternative calendar directs teachers on the use of various technological tools/social media tools to educate students while they are at home.

Click here for NCERT higher secondary alternative academic calendar

Tweeting about the alternative academic calendar, HRD minister wrote, “The calendar will cater to the needs of all children including Divyang children (Children with Special Need)- link for Audiobooks, Radio programmes, Video programmes, etc. will be included. This will empower our students, teachers, school principals, and parents to find out positive ways to deal with Covid-19 using on-line teaching-learning resources and help in the attainment of learning outcomes.”

Meanwhile CIET- NCERT also tweeted about the academic calendar, “Come online, teach your children at home and be safe with Alternative Academic Calendar.”

About the Alternative Academic Calendar:

A week-wise plan for the highersecondary stage (for Classes XI and XII) has been developed, keeping in view the availability of tools with the teachers. The week-wise plan consists of interesting activities and challenges, with reference to the themes and chapters taken from the syllabus or textbook across the subject areas. Most importantly, it maps the themes with the learning outcomes.

Initially, this calendar is prepared for four weeks, which may be extended further. In this calendar the themes/topics have been selected from syllabus and are linked with the learning outcomes. Guidelines have been developed for conducting interesting activities based on these learning outcomes. But it is a matter of fact that many teachers and parents only have simple mobile phones as a tool available at their homes and all the teachers and students do not have virtual classroom facility. In view of this the activities are designed and presented in such a way that many activities can be conducted by the parents and students on their own after talking to the teachers over phone.


3 June, 2020, 3:15 pm

CBSE Remaining Board Exam Update 2020 : Board issues guidelines for students wishing to apply for different exam centres

The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday released the provisions and guidelines for board students slated to appear for their examination between July 1 and 15. The exams had been postponed since March 19 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The board has laid down special provisions for those students who have returned home and wish to appear from a different examination centre than their schools. Last week, HT had reported that students in residential or boarding schools were likely to face challenges while returning to their schools to appear for their papers since they had travelled home before the Covid-19 lockdown.

“CBSE will allow change of examination centre in respect of candidates who have shifted and are residing in some other district in the country than the place of their school,” the board said on Tuesday. Students who were residing in hostels, or were sponsored by state governments, or those who have shifted from the district of their school to other district in India will be eligible to change their exam centres.

Since Delhi will be considered as one district for this purpose, change of examination centre from one district to another will not be permitted, the board said. While the exams for 12 subjects of Class 12 will be held across the country, the examinations for six subjects of Class 10 will be held only in north-east Delhi, which was torn by communal riots in February.

For students, whose schools fall under containment zones, different centres will be allotted outside the containment zone. The board will accept requests of candidates for change of examination centre only through their school. Schools have been asked to contact the students and provide the necessary information to the board through the e-pariksha portal on CBSE website between June 3 and 11. The board will later provide “Permission Letters” to the schools to forward it to students who will have to take printouts of the letter and carry to their exam centres.

CBSE has also said that the results of children with special needs, who need scribes and do not wish to appear for their papers, will be declared as per assessment scheme to be decided by the board.


3 June, 2020, 1:30 pm

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