The Central Board of Secondary Examination has announced board exams for class 10 and 12 will be conducted manually. It also ruled out conducting online exams and deliberated on holding the same in a “written” mode.
Without specifying the dates of the exams, the central board noted the exams, as and when they happen, will be held in pen and paper mode.
It added that since many students may not be able to give their practical examination because of the pandemic, alternatives for the 2020-21 examination cycle were being considered.
The announcement comes after the CBSE dismissed claims of practical exams being conducted in January-February 2021.
In an interview with Onmanorama, CBSE academics director Dr Joseph Emmanuel said the board would be conducting the written examinations under the Covid-19 protocols.
Speaking on practical exams he told the news site: “In some schools, practical classes are being held. Practical exams will be arranged in those schools. However, as practical exams cannot be conducted in the other institutions, other methods to test the practical knowledge of students will be employed.”
The Union education ministry will consult teachers, parents and students in this regard on December 10.
Schools across the country have been closed since March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The board exams for 2019-2020 were partially conducted before lockdown happened.
The remaining papers were cancelled after multiple postponements and court cases and grades were calculated based on a court-approved formula.