As the Covid-19 cases continue to rise and restrictions continue to be imposed across states, most of the state and central boards are having a hard time conducting board exams. Last year, due to the covid-19 second wave, most of the boards had to cancel their exams. With the COVID-19 third wave, most central and state boards are again planning to hold exams with utmost precautions for tens of lakhs of students across India
Some boards are mulling postponing the class 10, 12 exams this year, others will review and make a decision soon. Here’s the latest status of board exams 2022:
West Bengal: Several WBBSE and WBCHSE board members have been infected with Covid-19 which has affected the Madhyamik and Uccha Madhyamik exam preparations. Officials have stated that if the number of Covid-19 cases increases, it will be very difficult for the boards to conduct exams. The class 10 exams are scheduled to be held in March while the class 12 exams are in April.
The boards have been preparing to conduct the exams, however, members getting infected by the virus, work has been hampered and the administrative department has been closed.
Madhya Pradesh: Due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 in Madhya Pradesh, the board exams are likely to be postponed. School Education Minister Inder Singh Parmar has said that a review meeting will be held before the exams in February to decide on whether to conduct or postpone the exams.
Parmar said that discussions have been held with academicians who believe that it is very important to conduct exams instead of a general promotion like last year. The exams can be conducted either in online or offline mode, however, the exam dates might be deferred. The exams of class 10 will begin on February 17 and the 12th on February 18. The final decision will now be taken in February itself.
Rajasthan: The Rajasthan education department has said that the board exams will not be postponed. A meeting of a high-level exam committee was held under the chairmanship of education minister Dr BD Kalla whether to conduct the board exams or not. The exams are scheduled to begin on March 3. More than 20 lakh students will take the exam at a total of 6074 centres.
A total of 2874 guards and about 830 policemen will be engaged. Around 300 centres including 60 answer sheet collection and distribution centres will be monitored by CCTV. To ensure social distancing at all the centres, less than the capacity of the candidates will be accommodated. Adequate arrangements will be made for masks and sanitisers.
Chief Secretary of Education Department, Pawan Kumar Goel said that all the officers of the department are determined to conduct the board exams in a time-bound and fair manner. The practical exams of class 12 are scheduled to begin on January 17.
UP Board: The UP Board has announced to hold exams after the elections. Election in the state will be held in February. Students can anticipate exams to begin from March. Last year too, till the SC order, the UPMSP had said that it is all set to hold exams. This year too, there has not been any plan of deferment due to the pandemic. The practical exams are likely to be held in the third week of February for 10th and 12th students.
CBSE and CISCE: The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) has already conducted the term I exams, the results of which are expected to be announced soon. The board is likely to conduct the term II exams in March, however, an earlier statement said that the second term will be conducted only if the Covid-19 situation gets better. The final results will be prepared thereafter but on the occasion of term II not being conducted, the final result will be on the basis of term I, internal assessments, and practical exams.