CBSE Cancels Class 10th Board Exams, Class 12th Board Exams Made Optional

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Solicitor General informed the Supreme Court that students of classes 10th and 12th will now not have to appear for their leftover CBSE exams. The news broke out on June 25,2020 , Thursday. The decision is said to be have taken following the worsening Covid 19 situation and exponentially increasing number of cases in India. The cancellation of the leftover exams is in lieu of protection of the children from exposure to the virus.

In addition to this it was stated that the students of Class 12 will have the option to choose between going ahead with being graded on the basis of the 3 previously attempted exams or to appear for improvement and re-examination on dates that will be announced later by the board.

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According to the official statement the results for the exams attempted will be released by July 15th. The release of the proper official scheme of internal assessment is set to be out by June 26th.

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For the scheme the main points of highlight are to include the following according to the Supreme Court-

1. Assessment to form the basis for any future admissions.
2. Time-frame to check the presently prevailing situations become conducive
3. Holding any future examination to come under the decision making power of the Centre and not the States.
4. Latest filing of affidavit by the Centre by tomorrow, clearing all the doubts raised by the court.
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The Supreme Court has asked for answers to the questions raised such as the methodology the Centre would follow to check the clashing of the exams in future and the admissions into various institutions. Additionally, it has highlighted the point of variation in situation becoming conducive in different states, thus telling the Centre to revisit their schemes and decision after a month, to include the problems of all at once.

This decision has been taken following the plea filed by a set of parents against the conduction of CBSE examinations of Classes 10 and 12. It stated the danger of the exposure of children to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, it highlighted the point of cancellation of CBSE exams in 250 schools abroad and the adoption of grading of students on the basis of practicals and internal assessments. The board was asked to revisit its decision of conducting exams. The decision of cancellation of exams in the present scenario followed it. The ICSE has announced following the same guidelines and has cancelled its exams that were scheduled from July, 1 to July, 14.

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