New Delhi: The education department of the Delhi government has written to the CBSE and asked them to extend the academic year and board examinations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The education department requested the CBSE board to not conduct the final examinations before May 2021 as due to the coronavirus pandemic students could not attend the classroom teaching in this academic year. It has also requested the CBSE to begin the next academic session in July, instead of in April.
Saroj Bala Sain wrote the letter to the controller of examinations, CBSE. “A major chunk of time of Academic Session 2020-2021 (approximately 7 months) could not be utilized for classroom teaching-learning process as schools in Delhi are closed till October 31, 2020. Though the Directorate of Education has conducted online/semi-online teaching-learning activities through live classes as well as worksheets/activity sheets, the online teaching-learning process cannot replace the physical classroom teaching-learning process,” the letter read, reported The Indian Express.
“It is pertinent to give students hands-on practice for a sufficient period. lt is requested that the Board may provide detailed guidelines regarding the conduct of these practical exams under such conditions or any other alternate mode to replace the practical part of the subject,” the letter states.
The education department has also requested CBSE to further reduce the syllabus for this academic session. However, the Board has already reduced 30 per cent syllabus in all subjects.