CBSE board examinations will not be held till February 2021: Union Education Minister

Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Tuesday said CBSE board examinations will not be held till February 2021 in view of COVID-19 situation. He said a decision on when the exams will be conducted will be taken later after due consultations and assessment of the COVID-19 situation.

The Education Minister said this during a live interaction with the teachers. In response to a question asked on the 2021 CBSE board examinations, he said that a team will be formed for the internal examinations. He said that many CBSE schools are in rural areas. Therefore, online exams are not possible. The Education Minister is interacting with the teachers through webinars and answering their queries.

Keeping the current situation in mind, it has been decided that the board exams for classes 10 and 12 will not be conducted till February 2021. A decision on the exam schedule will be taken later after assessment of situation and more consultations,” Nishank said in an online interaction with teachers.

He said that when the CBSE board exams will be held after February it will be considered. The Education Minister said that there is a delay in conducting CBSE board examinations due to Corona epidemic. During Corona, teachers have taught children like warriors. There was no shortage of education through online mode. He said that India will be the first country in the world, where AI education will start at the school level itself. The Education Minister said that we have conducted the JEE, NEET exam this year. It was one of the biggest exams conducted amidst the Corona epidemic.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had earlier this month announced that CBSE board exams in 2021 will be conducted in written mode and not online.

Schools across the country were closed in March to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were partially reopened in some states from October 15.

However, a few states have decided to keep them closed in view of a spike in the number of infections.

The CBSE board exams had to be postponed mid-way in March. They were later cancelled, and results announced on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.

The education minister had a live interaction with students on December 10 and answered questions about various concerns regarding the conduct of upcoming exams and CBSE board examinations.

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