Coronavirus cases have been increasing in the country continuously rapidly. Earlier the whole nation was under lockdown. Schools, colleges, offices, and all other institutions were closed because of the spread of coronavirus. But now the lockdown has been removed by the government. The current number of cases is standing on 4.73 lakhs. Out of which nearly 2.72 lakhs have recovered and around 1.86 lakh cases are active at this point in time.
Amidst this, it is a very dangerous step by the government to open up schools and colleges to conduct exams. This creates a great chance of community spread. Earlier the government gave instructions about conducting the leftover exams of class 10th and 12th. But due to the rising cases, the government is giving a thought to cancel the exams.
The exams were supposed to be conducted during July 1-15. Seeing the current scenario of the many parents were concerned about safety. Hence many of them filed a petition to cancel the exams. In view of this, the government reviewed its decision and ordered the board to cancel the exams.
The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and ICSE board has canceled the upcoming exams for class 10th and class 12th. Whereas in the CBSE board there is an option for the students to conduct the exam later. They told the Supreme Court that they have given a choice to the students, that they can take up the exam later when the situation comes under control. About the cancellation of the exams, the Supreme Court was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. They informed the court that the exams which were supposed to be conducted from July 1-15 are canceled.
Students are also informed that for those who opt for conduction of exams, for them it will be conducted when the COVID-19 cases will be under control and the risks of community spread reduce. The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also told the apex court that a separate and new pattern will be formed for the evaluation. This evaluation will be based on the last exams conducted.
Not just CBSE, but the ICSE board has also canceled the exams for class 10th and class 12th. However, ICSE has not given an option for later conduction of exams to the students.
The apex court bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar had also said that the expert body was in the process of making a final decision on CBSE exams “very shortly and hopefully by tomorrow (June 24). The top court then deferred the hearing in the matter to June 25 at 2 pm.
The date sheet for the conduction of exams from July 1-15 came out on May 18. Till now the exams were supposed to take place but the increase in numbers of cases has caused a panic among the parents and the students. However, the government even thinks that it is not a safe time for the conduction of exams as it might increase the risk of community spread.
Coronavirus has stopped every operation in the nation. It had slowed the economy to a great extent. Our doctors and frontline workers fighting constantly against the deadly virus. Hopefully, the government and should find a cure soon and puts an end to it.