Today the union Minister of education Dr. Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting at 11:30 pm. The meeting was held with the motive of taking the session on upcoming board exams, CBSE 12th board, JEE Main, NEET, and other competitive examinations.
In the meeting, all the state and union territory education ministers were present in the meeting. Along with this Smriti Irani, union secretary for women and child development, and Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting also marked their valuable presence in the meeting.
After the meeting held in the afternoon, all the state boards are allowed to take their respective decision on the exam conduction. Mostly the center recommended 90 minutes exam duration instead of three hours. Thus, favored the short-duration exam.
The decision was taken keeping in mind the health of teachers and students. Moreover to calm down the several objections to exams held from different states in India.
The states have been asked to submit their feedback by May 25 to the Education Ministry. Later on, the Centre will “examine the suggestions received from the various State Governments this week and convey further information in this regard to the students by or before the 1st of June 2021”.
Two Options Provided By the CBSE in the meeting :
In the meeting, the Central Board of Secondary Education presented two options. Due to the second wave of covid virus, the “flexible approach” for the exam postponed.
The first option suggested by the CBSE was:
To conduct exams within a time span of three months. This could be started in August and could be completed by September end. First month for Pre Exam activities and remaining months for the exams and results announcement. For the compartment exam, another 30 days will be allowed. The exam will be conducted at assigned centers and 3 hours duration. Only the major subjects exam to be conducted. Based on this presentation the number of the minor subjects to be allotted.
The second option suggested by the CBSE was:
Duration of exam 90 minutes instead of 3 hours and will be held only in 19 major subjects. In this option, it was suggested that the exams can be held twice by the board. The students in this have to appear in 3 elective subjects and only one language exam. Moreover, the 5th and 6th subject marks on the basis of this performance. Specific exam centers will be designated. The students can take the exams at their own schools. “As the question papers will be delivered in electronic format to the centers, these exams do not need elaborate logistics and can be deployed and conducted in a flexible and responsive manner,” the CBSE said in their suggestions.
In the case related to any health issue regarding covid, the students, later on, can write the exam. Around 15 July the first phase exams and in the first week of August the 2nd phase exam can be held. So, the result can be announced around 5 September.