CBSE Exams New Guidelines For Class 9 and 11

12 Feb, 2021 13:08 IST|Sakshi Post

The Central Board of Secondary Education has directed schools to conduct examinations for Classes 9 and 11 by following COVID-19 safety protocols. The board recommended that the new academic session beginning from April 1.

"For Classes 9 and 11, schools should take steps to identify and remedy the learning gaps and thereafter, conduct examinations by strictly following COVID-19 safety protocols as per the Examination Bye-Laws," said the CBSE Controller of Examination in a letter to school principals. "This exam will also help in identifying learning gaps which could be addressed by schools in the new academic session, at the beginning of classes, by having a bridge course specially designed to address learning gaps," he said.

Schools were shut in March last year as a precautionary measure following the outbreak of COVID-19. During the subsequent nationwide lockdown, students moved to online classes. But as restrictions were gradually eased from June last year, schools reopened partially in a few states from October 2020 onwards. 

In the letter, Bhardwaj said, "While holding examinations/classes, COVID-19 safety protocols should be followed strictly. It would be appropriate to start the academic session 2021-2022 from April 1 to the extent feasible subject to the instructions of state governments." Schools are requested to follow the suggestions to make the next session more streamlined and ensure that learning gaps, if any, are addressed, he added. The CBSE had earlier this month announced the schedule for board exams for classes 10 and 12.

"The board has taken the decision to reschedule the class 10 and 12 exams from May-June, because of the unprecedented situation arising due to COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result, a number of schools have been seeking advice from CBSE regarding examinations for classes 9 and 11 and about the commencement of the new academic session," Bhardwaj said.

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