Delhi Deputy Chief Minister wrote to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal regarding the CBSE Exams. He asked the HRD Minister to cancel the CBSE exams. He also asked him to promote all the students based on their internal assessment. The remaining CBSE Class 10 and class 12 exams will be happening from July 1 to July 15.
The Deputy Chief Minister cited the rising Covid 19 cases within the capital as a reason to promote the students. He asked him to not conduct exams. He said that Delhi is expecting to reach 5.5 lakh covid 19 cases by the end of July. Moreover, the government has converted numerous schools into quarantine facilities and are using them for Covid 19 relief operations.
Sisodia had made a similar request earlier on April 28, during an online meeting with the state education ministers. He expressed his concern regarding the prevailing circumstances because of the pandemic. But unfortunately, the HRD Minister did not cater to his request. And the ministry announced on May 8 to conduct the pending CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board exams from July 1 to July 15.
LETTER TO THE HRD MINISTER : CANCEL CBSE EXAMS
Sisodia wrote the letter addressed to Pokhriyal on Monday. It said, “I am writing this letter to draw your attention towards my concern regarding the CBSE exams. Kindly do not conduct the remaining exams of class 10 and 12 in July. I hope you would agree with me that the board exams are highly important exams for children. Especially those students of class 12. Hence, subjecting them to take this exam in such an uncertain and anxiety-prone situation would not be fair to them.”
He also said that it would be extremely difficult to conduct exams in Delhi. This is because of the increasing covid-19 positive cases on a daily basis. He added in the letter, “During the past one week, the daily number of cases getting covid-19 positive has been rising. And the total number of confirmed cases currently stands at 44,688 (as per June 16). This is likely to rise to 5.5 lakh by July 31, 2020. In such a situation, a student or someone in the family might test positive. Then he or she will have to skip the exam causing further distress.”
No further official notice has come up about the cancellation of exams. But to keep viewing the latest circulars, visit http://cbse.nic.in/newsite/index.html
USE OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS FOR COVID 19 PANDEMIC
More than 340 schools are being used to help people get through the Coronavirus pandemic, from which they are used for different purposes given below :
– 250 government schools – Dry ration distribution centers
– 35 schools – Hunger relief centers
– 40 schools – Shelter homes
– 10 schools – Migrant camps
Regarding these schools, Sisodia commented, “These schools will not be in a position of conducting exams from July 1, 2020.
The Delhi Government is planning for the use of school auditoriums as quarantine facilities to be prepared for what the future holds for us. It is estimated that the nation will require 80,000 more beds than the current number, by the end of July. Because of this immediate mass requirement, beds for Covid 19 patients will be set up in the auditoriums of more than 240 schools across the national capital.
Regarding this matter, Sisodia said, “Holding exams in the same building where there would be hundreds of covid-19 patients would be a serious risk. In such a situation using school buildings between July 1 and July 15 and ensuring that all eligible students take their exams may be extremely difficult. Thus kindly cancel the CBSE exams.”
HRD MINISTER’S WORDS REGARDING THE CBSE BOARD EXAMS AND CONTAINMENT ZONES
The education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that there are 242 containment zones in Delhi currently and the number will rise with time. He also said, “As per the current CBSE plan, a school in these zones will not be used as an exam centre but there is no clarity on how children from these zones will come out to take exams.”
REQUEST TO PROMOTE STUDENTS
Sisodia further wrote to the Education Minister, “I once again request you to remove any further uncertainty and make the announcement that exams in 29 subjects proposed to be conducted in July will not be conducted at all. For the results in these subjects, the CBSE may rely upon the previous school-based internal assessments which include project work, periodic tests or term exams.”
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