In a letter written to both Modi and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the organization secretary of Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), supported the examination to be conducted in different schools with teachers coming from outside. He also asked them to consider conducting open book examination.
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Underlining that a large number of students have been affected by COVID, he said that they should be allowed a gap of one year or the exam may be held twice.
Emphasizing the importance of class 12th, Kothari said, “Keeping in mind the future of students, board exams of class 12th should be conducted. Due to unforeseen circumstances, students can be given some options.
Describing board exams during the epidemic as a “major challenge” facing the country’s education system, SSUN suggested four options for conducting the exam. While three supported offline exams with physical presence of students, one was for online exams, although it expressed reservations over citing the digital divide in the country.
The first option suggested by SSUN is to simplify the entire examination process by taking only two to three subjects exams. And to prepare the marks, it suggested that 60 percent weightage can be given to the score of class 10 and 30 percent to the marks obtained in class 11 and class 12 board examinations.
Another option is to change the exam pattern to objective type, in which each student is given a personal kit which will include a question paper and answer book. The letter states that this will reduce time and make the process of conducting and evaluating board examinations both easier.
The third option is to conduct the exam in two stages – in the first phase, which will have 80 percent weightage, students can collect their question paper and solve it in their homes, while the second phase, which can be optional, can be is. According to the letter, in schools with 20 percent weightage.
On the option of conducting online exams, SSUN said that it would be difficult to conduct it across the country due to the digital divide.
The online examination should be like an “on-demand examination” conducted by the National Institute of Open School. Students should have the freedom to choose any of the three subjects and any time slot for appearing in the examination.
Apart from all these options, SSUN suggested that open examinations should also be considered, although students and teachers in India are not fully trained for this pattern.
Earlier in the day, the Center informed the Supreme Court that it would take a final decision within the next two days whether to conduct a Class 12 board examination amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
On April 14, CBSE had announced the cancellation of Class 10 examination and postponement of Class 12 examination in view of the increase in cases of coronovirus.
The Ministry of Education had recently sought detailed suggestions from the States and Union Territories on the proposals discussed in a high level meeting held on this issue.
CBSE had proposed to conduct the exam from 15 July to 26 August and declare the result in September.
The board had also proposed two options: conducting regular exams for 19 major subjects at notified centers or short-term exams at the respective schools where students are enrolled.
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