Newdelhi:20/5/20: Home Ministry has allowed Central Board of Secondary Education, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and other State Education Boards to conduct the Class 10th and 12 board exams amidst the lockdown.
In a letter written to State Chief Secretaries, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has asked States and Union Territories to facilitate movement of students through bus keeping in view the nationwide lockdown.
However, he also informed that no examination center will be permitted in the containment zones.
Mr. Bhalla asked State Governments to ensure that teachers, students and staff participating in the process wear mask and strictly follow social distancing norms.
He said that proper provisions of thermal screening and sanitization should also be made available at the exam centres.
Home Secretary has also asked the education boards to schedule the examination on staggered dates.
The decision has been taken considering the academic interests of large number of students who will be appearing in these board exams.
The government has also said that no exam centres will be permitted in containment zones.
On Monday the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Examinations) said 29 pending exams for the two classes would be conducted between July 1 and July 15.
“The Class 10 exams will be staggered on four dates starting July 1. First paper will be Social Sciences, while the next day students will be required to appear for Science exam,” Sanyam Bhardwaj, the Controller of Examination, CBSE said.
Six Class 10 and twelve Class 12 exams had been postponed following the coronavirus lockdown, while other Class 10 exams were deferred after the violence that broke out in parts of Delhi in February.
Schools across the country have been closed since mid-March when the centre announced a lockdown to break the COVID-19 chain of transmission. The lockdown, now extended to May 31, is being lifted in phases with a number of activities allowed in “green” zones.
However, educational institutions are not among those allowed to re-open just yet.