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CBSE to resume single board exam next year

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CBSE has introduced a split format with two conditions for the 2021-22 academic year. Term-1 board exam was conducted in November-December last year. Whereas Term-2 exam is going to start from April 26. It was learned that more weightage would be given to Term-2 examinations.

The decision comes after the cancellation of the board exams for the academic year 2020-21 due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The students were assessed on the basis of their marks in the previous examinations, practical examinations and internal assessment.

According to an official, the board decided to restore the single exam pattern after receiving representations from schools. CBSE has never announced that the two-term exam format will continue from now on. It was a one-time slogan. Now that the schools are functioning at full capacity, the decision is to stick to the one-time exam format for now,” said the official.

However, the official further said that in terms of syllabus rationality, CBSE will stick to the policy which it followed after 30 per cent reduction in syllabus in the last two years. “NCERT will send us the details of the reasoning on which the announcement will be made. Schools can teach fewer curricula using existing textbooks,” proposes the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Eliminate the high-stakes aspect of board exams.

“While the board examinations of class X and class XII will continue, the existing system of board and entrance examinations will be reformed to eliminate the need for conducting coaching classes. To remove these harmful effects of the current evaluation system, the board examinations will be redesigned to promote holistic development,” says the NEP. There are 26,152 CBSE affiliated schools across the country.

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