New Delhi: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, on Wednesday has written to Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union HRD Minister, urging him to cancel the upcoming board tests, referring to the COVID-19 high-speed and high-number of city containment areas.
Sisodia’s letter came one day when the Central Committee for Secondary Education ( CBSE) was requested by the Supreme Court to examine whether the remaining board documents and marks can be scrapped on an internal basis.
A group of parents sought instructions for the CBSE to dispose of the pending tests received the Apex Court.
Sisodia said in his most recent letter: “I hope you agree that the board tests are a high-stake examination for children , particularly for those of class12. Therefore, it would not be fair to subject them to this examination in such an uncertain and anxious situation. In addition, I can say in relation to Delhi that conducting the examination will be extremely difficult.
“The daily numbers of positive cases received by VOCID 19 have increased over the last one week, with a total of 44,688 now confirmed cases, said Sisodia.
By July 31 that is probably up to 5.5 lakh. When a candidate or a family member tests positively, he or she will be forced to skip the test, which causes further distress.
Due to a lockdown, Class 10 and 12 Board tests have been rescheduled in light of the outbreak of COVID-19 and are now planned for 1-15 July.
There will be no examining center in containment areas, according to the guidelines of the home ministry.
“There are currently 242 containment zones in Delhi that are expected to increase more. While schools in these areas will not be used as examination centers as per the current CBSE programme, there is no clarification on how a child from this zone can come out to take the test, “Sisodia said.
“I suggest that no more ambiguity be eliminated and the tests for 29 topics planned for July should not be carried out at all. CBSE can use the previous school-based internal evaluations, including project work, periodic tests, term examinations, etc for the results in these subjects.
“From 1 July 2020 these schools will not be eligible to hold the test. The Government of Delhi is planning to use auditoriums in almost 242 Schools to create extra beds for COVID patients needing hospitalization in order to meet the requirements of extra beds projected at approximately 80,000 by the end of July. Examination of hundreds of sierra nevada-patients in the same building would pose a serious risk, “he said.
The board of CICSE has already announced that its students of class 10 and 12 may decide not to take the pending board exams and to be marked in pre-board or internal assessments according to their performance.
Since the Centre ‘s announcement of a national classroom shutdown as part of the measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, universities and schools across the whole country have been closed down. A nationwide lockdown, effective the next day, was announced on 24 March.
While many restrictions have been relaxed by the government, schools and colleges still remain locked.