CBSE Promotes All Class 1 to 8 Students due to Coronavirus Crisis
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CBSE Promotes All Class 1 to 8 Students due to Coronavirus Crisis

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to promote all class 1 to 8 students to the next grade or class without exams in view of Covid-19 pandemic. Similarly, Students in class 9 and 11 will be promoted on the basis of internal assessments of school including projects, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far.

The Board decision has come after the Education Ministry directed Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to promote all students in class 1 to 8 to the next class/grade.

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tweet in this regard is as follows: 
He further added that students who are not promoted this time can appear in school-based tests which can be held online or offline.

The press release issued by the Board reads:

In view of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances of the worldwide spread of Covid-19 and the countrywide lockdown, and in view of the queries raised by our stakeholders regarding the academic future of students, the Board advised/informs all schools affiliated to the Board as follows as a one-time measure:

For Classes 1 to 8:

All students studying in classes 1 to 8 maybe promoted to the next class/grade. This advisory is being issued in consultation with NCERT.

For Classes 9 and 11:

It has come to our notice that though several schools affiliated to CBSE have completed their examination, evaluation and promotion process for students who were studying in grades 9 and 11 in the 2019-20 academic session, there are several schools that have not been able to do so. This includes among others, Kendriaya Vidyalays, Navodaya Vidalayas, State/UT government schools, private schools, schools located in India and abroad, etc. All such schools are advised to promote students of grades 9 and 11 to the next grades on the basis of all the school-based assessments including project work, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far. For any child who is unable to clear this internal process, (in any number of subjects), the school may utilise this period for providing remedial interventions, and school may give the opportunity of appearing in school-based test/s, online or offline. The promotion of such children may be decided on the basis of such tests.

Schedule for Class 10 and 12 board exams:

With Regard to rescheduling board examination for classes 10 and 12, it is informed that at this stage it is difficult for the Board to decide and announce the new schedule for examinations. However, it is informed that any decision that the board will take with regard to the conduct of examination will be taken by undertaking extensive consultation with higher education authorities and by keeping all aspects related to entrance exams, admissions dates, etc. in mind. In this context, it is further informed that the Board will give notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board examinations.

Subject for Board exams:

It is informed that the Board was not able to conduct exams on 8 examination days due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Further, due to the law and order situation in North East Delhi District the board was not able to conduct exams on 4 examination days, while a very small number of students from and around the District were not able to appear in the exams on 6 examination days.

Considering the extraordinary circumstances, the Board has been forced to review its policy in this regard. Under ordinary circumstances, the Board would not have hesitated to conduct all examinations that could not be held after March 18, 2020 or are postponed for other reasons. But in the present situation, the Board had decided as follows:

* The Board will conduct examinations for only main subjects that will be required for promotion and maybe crucial for admissions in higher educational institutions.
* For the rest of the subjects, the Board will not hold examinations; the instruction for making/assessment in all such cases shall be separately issued by the Board.