COVID-19 has prompted an unprecedented decision from the CBSE in the form of cancellation of exams for classes 10 and 12 for overseas students. Class 12 exams were originally scheduled on March 31 onwards, now they are being dropped.
The decision of the board was conveyed via a circular to the representative schools and diplomatic missions in several countries where there are CBSE affiliated schools. The circular clarified that in the situation of lockdown and high-degree restrictions on movement, it would not be possible for the board to conduct separate sets of exams for the overseas students.
There are additional difficulties like transportation of answer books to India for evaluation. In view of this, the exams for classes 10 and 12 will not be held for the overseas students this year.
The Board will design an alternative assessment for overseas students and the schools will be directed to mark students on the alternative scheme.
CBSE schools are spread across many continents in as many as 25 countries. Hitherto, the board exams were conducted in India and overseas almost simultaneously.
Amidst the pandemic, CBSE had postponed all exams that were scheduled between March 19 and 31.
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