Considering the Corona situation, the Delhi government’s education department has applied to the CBSE for extension of the academic year.
Online classes are now the mainstay of educational institutions due to Corona. However, it has been understood that online classes cannot be an alternative to classroom education. Therefore, considering the situation, the Delhi government’s education department has applied to the CBSE for extension of the academic year. At the same time, the education department has also requested not to conduct board exams before May, 2021.
Saroj Bala Sai, Additional Director, Department of Education, in a letter to the Controller of Examinations, said that students are being requested to give them adequate time to study in school.
The letter said that due to the closure of schools till October 31, 2020, the classroom reading has been stopped for about 7 months in the 2020-2021 academic year. Live online, or semi-online classes can never be an alternative to classroom learning.
The letter said that the board examinations of the students of the current academic year should not be held in February-March like every year. It has been said that board exams should not be taken before May 2021. With that, it has been requested that the next academic year should start in July and not in April.
Concerns have also been expressed in the letter about the practical work on various issues. Students need to be given adequate time for hands-on learning. For this, the board has been requested to give detailed guidelines on practical examination or to think of any alternative route.
The CBSE board has already cut 30% of the syllabus from all subjects. However, the education department has requested to reduce the syllabus for the current academic year.
In a separate letter, the Department of Education requested the board to give more time to 10th and 12th class students in paying the examination fees, keeping in mind the Corona situation. The fee submission date has been extended from October 15 to November 14. The government also requested for waiver of fees. But the board said it was not possible.
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