All students from grades I to VIII in schools under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of India will be promoted to the next class as their final examinations could not be held due to Covid-19 and the three-week lockdown, according to an order passed by the Indian government.
The government also instructed that students studying in classes IX and XI in CBSE-affiliated schools be promoted to the next class, based on school-based assessments, including projects, periodic tests and term exams conducted so far, according to an official statement issued last night.
The board examinations for class X and XII will now be held only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion and for admissions in higher educational institutes, according to our New Delhi correspondent.
For the rest of the subjects, the CBSE will not hold examinations, according to the government decision.
As a precautionary measure, the CBSE, on March 18, postponed all board examinations that were to be held between March 19 and 31.
The one-time measure taken by the CBSE has been taken in view of Covid-19 and the lockdown, and keeping in mind the academic future of the students.
The Indian government order also applies to CBSE schools located in 25 countries each of which is also under lockdown or has decided to close down the schools for varied lengths of time.
"Under such circumstances, it is felt that the CBSE will not be in a position to hold different sets of exams for each of these countries."
"Also, in the present situation, it will be difficult to bring the answer books to India for evaluation purposes. Therefore, the CBSE has decided to not hold any more exams for the students of class 10 and 12 schools located outside India," the government order added.