New Delhi: Avoiding giving any specific date, the government has said that the remaining exams of CBSE 10th and 12th grades in 29 core subjects will be conducted “at the first possible opportunity”.
It may be mentioned that the CBSE Board examinations were in progress and abruptly disrupted due to the nationwide lockdown to combat COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on March 24, after a voluntary 24 hour janata curfew on March 22. Media reports suggest possibilities of further extension of the ongoing lockdown.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, who interacted with the parents across the country through webinar on Monday in view of the circumstances arising out of COVID-19, said that his ministry was “concerned about the academic activities of its students…”. He informed that the government had therefore implemented various schemes “on a war footing which will benefit 33 crore students of the country”.
“The country is going through an unprecedented crisis at this time. This time becomes even more difficult for parents because they must have been worrying about their children’s studies and future,” Pokhriyal said and reiterated the government was “fully committed to provide quality education to students for their bright future”. He said that in this direction, the Ministry was trying to continue the education of all students through e-pathshala, National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER), Swayam, DTH channel Swayam Prabha etc.
On the question of the availability of NCERT books, the Minister said that the NCERT has sent books to almost all the states and very soon these books will be available to the students. In response to the question of how to reduce the loss of students’ education in the lock-down, he said that the education of students is continuing through the various online platforms of the ministry. He informed that more than 80,000 courses are available only on the ministry’s DIKSHA platform. He also informed that E-learning in the country has witnessed an upsurge during the past few weeks.
In response to a question, the Union Minister said that to avoid loss of education due to lock-down, an alternative calendar has been created by NCERT. CBSE has also been directed to issue a new academic calendar. Apart from this, the Union Minister answered many questions related to the career of the students, exam related and others.
Pokhariyal further referred to the the Bharat Padhe Online Campaign, which has been launched to strengthen the online education policy. “Suggestions were sought for this from students, parents and teachers from across the country. We have received more than 10,000 suggestions on which the Ministry would soon come up with guidelines,” he said.
The Union Minister, while telling the parents about Vidyadan 2.0, said that as part of this campaign, the Ministry had urged the academicians and educational organizations of the country to develop and contribute content as per syllabus on various e-learning platforms. He hoped that very soon all the students will get a lot of course material under it.[the_ad_placement id=”sidebar-feed”]