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Updated on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 07:04 PM IST

Indore: Schools explore possibilities for conducting examinations by Central Board of Secondary Education

The decision is challenging. Exam cancellation seems impossible as per experts working with the board for over two decades.
Nothing is sure and the board can make changes as per overall preview from the country and overseas exam centres |

Nothing is sure and the board can make changes as per overall preview from the country and overseas exam centres |

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Indore Sahodaya complex of CBSE schools chairperson UK Jha

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Central Board of Secondary Education is expected to take the final call on class 12 board examination in June first week. The decision is challenging and will mostly focus on possibilities of conducting examination with modification, as cancellation seems impossible as per experts working with the board for over two decades.

Indore Sahodaya complex of CBSE schools chairperson UK Jha shared the overall possibilities discussed by CBSE affiliated schools in Indore regarding alternatives modes of assessment and modified examinations conducted CBSE. However, nothing is sure and the board can make changes as per overall preview from the country and overseas exam centres.

Following are possibilities shared by Jha:

Major subjects only

An option proposed by CBSE for the Class 12 board exams is conducting regular exams for only major subjects. “An option being considered is examination for only three subjects, much like last year, when some examinations could not be conducted following the outbreak,” Jha said.

Which subjects for each stream?

Science: Physics, Chemistry, Maths or Biology

Commerce: Economics, Business Studies and Accountancy

Humanities: There are too many options and ratings on importance of subjects. Almost every subject is unique, so board will find it challenging to limit the exam to three in this stream. However, maybe, History, Geography and Political Science might be considered.

Shorter Examination

Another option is holding short duration exams at the school where a student is enrolled. “The examinations would be conducted for half the time - 1.5 hour in this option,” Jha said. Now, this seems reasonable to some and not sufficient to others. In either, the biggest challenge is for students.

Trouble for students

To make shorter examinations possible, the board will set a new pattern examination. In this new pattern, most or maybe even the entire examination will have objective type questions.

“To attempt objective type questions, one has to prepare meticulously and pay attention to details,” Jha said. Now, with online classrooms, coronavirus impact on life and psychology, and of course, last minute pattern changes, such exams will be challenging.

“Further, there is no scope of scoring at all, if one gets the answer wrong, so the strict compliance would mean bad results as well,” Jha said. This option would almost be like taking a competitive examination, which is too unexpected especially for students of streams other than science.

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Published on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 07:04 PM IST
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