Following the cancellation of class 12 CBSE and CISCE board exams this year, students and academicians are relieved and free of anxiety around the boards. The decision, however, has also lead to concerns regarding college exams. With no exams, how will admissions take place?
While the PM while announcing the cancelation said, “put an end to anxiety among students and parents”, the worries are far from over. Many are concerned that the criterion might favour some. All eyes are now on CBSE which is expected to announce its assessment criterion in court on June 2. Vishnu Karthik, CEO, The Heritage Schools. “Any delay or any confusion on the new grading criteria will lead to more confusion and stress among students than exams would have had,” he says adding that clear directions should also be provided to Indian universities to modify their admissions criteria.
Praveen Raju, Co-Chair, FICCI ARISE, said, “We expect CBSE to ensure students don’t get affected with the methodology of awarding marks.”
Nandini Khurana, a student and a Twitter user, expressed disappointment on the decision stating she was well prepared for the exams. “If there are students who are raising their voices for cancellation of exams, then there are those students too who want to give exams… You can’t be partial, so what if we aren’t majority but we too exist ..We have been tirelessly studying from past 1.5 year.we want justice. (sic)”
Students are likely to be assessed based on the marks of the past three years – class 9, 10, and 11, however, a final decision is yet to be announced. Students who are not happy with their marks can also sit for the exams at a later date when the time is conducive.