Tribune news service
Amritsar, April 14
Considering the second Covid-19 wave in the country, the CBSE on Wednesday finally decided to cancel the Class X exams.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by the PM and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. While the CBSE Class XII exams have been postponed further, Class X students will be promoted and graded on the basis of ‘objective criterion’.
With the decision finally putting to rest the anticipation of teachers, students and parents across the country, prominent educators from city shared their views on the new development and whether it’s going to have any impact on students or not.
"It comes across as the best and most sensible decision under such unprecedented circumstances. As such, most schools had already conducted internal assessment for Class X as a backup process and grading in Class X does not hold much importance as Class XII results," said Rajiv Sharma, principal, Springdales Public School.
Dipanshu Sharma, a Class X student from Senior Study II, said: “The fact that the exams have been scrapped due to Covid-19 situation feels like a respite, but it is disappointing as well as we had prepared hard for the exams all year long despite the pandemic. Since it was necessary to do so, students should now focus on the next class and year ahead and hope that the academics resume normally soon.”
Rijul of Springdales Public School, said: “I feel the decision has spoilt our chance to perform better as my pre-board performance was not great since nobody expected this outcome. Most of the year, it was difficult for students as well to make the transition from classroom learning to online learning and we hoped the exams would be postponed. But now, we do not have a chance to score like we intended to.”
"Health wise, it seems a good decision as given the rise in number of Covid-19 cases, it will be a challenge to conduct exams. But as an educator, I feel examinations must have been conducted, as it might appear unfair to students who have been working hard throughout this challenging year. The criterion by the CBSE to keep the option of taking exam for students who wish to do so later comes as a respite." — Anita Bhalla, Principal, Bhavan's SL Public School
"It's a sensible decision under given circumstances. I believe for parents and students, exams might be a priority, but for the CBSE, multiple aspects of health of students, teachers and everybody involved in the process remains a priority. Also, this will give benefit of doubt to those students, who had trouble coping with the online mode of learning as not all students could access online classes in equity." — Vinodita Sankhyan, Principal, Shri Ram Ashram School
"It is a sensible decision under given circumstances. It was the need of the hour to come up with a decision that considers health of students rather than academic performance."—Rajiv Sharma, Principal, Springdales Public School
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