Govt asks schools to postpone CBSE practicals till April 20. Delhi Education Minister Manis Sisodia on Saturday said the country’s government had advised schools to postpone their ongoing CBSE grades 10 and 12 until at least April 20, due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the national capital. All colleges and training centers in the city will be closed due to the epidemic, Sisodia said.
Sisodia’s comments come a day after the Delhi government ordered the suspension of all human activities in urban schools, leaving board students confused about their exams.
Speaking to students via post on Instagram, Sisodia on Saturday said, “We have advised schools to consult with their external examiners and postpone the CBSE class 10 and 12 exams for a while. There are still one or two tests in most schools and we have advised them to re-introduce them after April 20, ”said Sisodia.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the 10th and 12th class of examinations will start in the first week of March. The board had instructed all its schools to complete the June 11 examinations in accordance with existing Covid-19 guidelines. Student opinion sheets for these classes are scheduled to start on May 4.
Delhi on Saturday added 7,897 new cases, with the country’s government calling it the fourth wave of the virus in the city. The city’s recovery rate passed to 10.21% on Saturday, after 77,374 tests. On Tuesday, the government had ordered a curfew from 10pm to 5am until April 30, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Asked about the possibility of conducting the 10th and 12th grade CBSE tests in the midst of a rampant epidemic, Sisodia said, “This decision will be taken by the CBSE according to the situation at that time. The board will have to decide how to safely test the tests in the midst of this epidemic. ”
CBSE officials, however, said the board is not considering changing the testing system yet. “The tests will be conducted according to a schedule that follows all the relevant Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Government of India. The board has also increased the number of institutions this year to ensure that there is development in the community during the exams, ”said the official.
On Friday HT reported that CBSE had added another 2 500 institutions in India and abroad this year, 50% more than last year.
Sisodia also clarified that colleges and training institutions would remain closed in Delhi until further instructions were made. “The government has decided to temporarily close all educational institutions to prevent the spread of the disease. Therefore, the same principle applies to colleges and training institutes. ”
Institutions of higher learning in Delhi, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Diel University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Ambedkar University, have already suspended all offline activities until further notice due to the sharp curve of Covid-19 cases in the city.
Responding to students’ questions about pending exams for Grade 9 and 11 students at Delhi public schools, the education minister said new dates for the exams would be announced. “There are only two tests left for public school students for classes 9 and 11 and we will restructure this once the situation is better. The exams have been postponed for now to keep students’ safety in mind, ”he said.
Sisodia said the government had authorized schools to make a decision to call teachers physically at the stadium. “School administrators should consult with their teachers and decide whether they want their teachers to take online courses in their schools or homes and how many teachers should be called to the school at one time,” he said.