Cbse likely to restore single-board exam format from 2022-23 academic year: report

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to switch to its pre-pandemic format of holding board exams once a year from the 2022-23 academic year, according to media reports.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the CBSE had announced two rounds of board exams for students to counter any “unprecedented situation” that may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision came after the board had to cancel exams for the 2020-21 academic year due to rising coronavirus cases. Students in classes 10 and 12 were assessed based on the results of previous exams, practical exams and internal assessments.

Speculation was rife that the CBSE would continue the practice of bi-term examinations in the future as recommended in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

However, after receiving representations from the schools, the board decided to reinstate the single exam model, Indian Express reported citing a senior Ministry of Education official.

“CBSE never announced that the two-term exam format would now be maintained. It was a unique formula,” the official said.

Academics hailed the decision.

“Conducting two rounds of exams is very difficult as schools have to stop all other activities at the time of the board exam,” the Hindustan Times quoted Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School in Delhi, as saying.

In terms of streamlining the program, the CBSE will continue its policy of the past two years to reduce the program by 30%. The announcement of the scheme will only be made after NCERT provides the details to the ministry, the official told Indian Express.

Under the current bifurcated format, the first term of board exams took place in November-December 2021, while the second term is scheduled to take place from April 26. The first term exams were conducted in an objective multiple-choice format, while the second set of exams will be subjective or long-answer tests. It is believed that the board will give more weight to the second quarter review, the Indian Express reported.


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