Few Faces Happy, Few Remained Hesitated

Mixed reaction from parents and students, after CBSE class 10 board cancelled

By Ojas Singh

New Delhi: The Ministry of Education last week announced that Class 10 board examination for the academic session 2020-2021 stands cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Education said that CBSE will develop an “objective criterion” for the assessment of students.

The process of evaluation plan for CBSE class 10 students appears to have begun as many schools across the country are sharing internal assessment details of students to CBSE board. A principal of a pioneer school said these internal assessment marks will be used to award marks to students. However CBSE has declined any such claim by saying they are still working out for student centric mode for awarding marks to students.

There is a mixed reaction from the students and parents side, few being happy and few left hesitated.

In the current pandemic situation where more than 3 lakhs cases are being recorded everyday, people are resting in their home due to the fear of contracting the corona virus, a majority of parents and students seem relieved with the decision of cancellation of CBSE class 10 board examination. Considering the safety of their children an utmost priority for them, as the online mode of examination wasn’t feasible enough and physical examination seemed to be a negotiation with the life of their wards. Cancellation of examination remained the last choice for the government and the parents.

However a few students appeared worried on the part of assessment of their performance for their result, with the fear of getting less marks than against their actual potential. A student of Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad said, “I am worried how they are now going to give marks to me, I wanted postponement of examination but not cancellation.” Another student from City Montessori School, Lucknow said, “I wasn’t able to perform well in my both pre-board examinations, but now I was giving my best for the board examination since 2 months.” The major portion of worried students focused around the assessment of marks, as they fear getting low marks in their final result. Most of them wanted the postponement of examination so that they could prove their potential.  Many students also seemed hesitant of not getting to their aspired college over the fear of not getting good marks and respectively failing to secure a position in the merit based list.

Nevertheless the students and parents remain curious over the fact that how is CBSE going to award the marks. Schools, parents and students are now waiting for the official statement from the CBSE for the guidelines against the assessment of the students performance.