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Kolkata: Amidst all the uncertainty created   by the Covid pandemic, the chances of holding the class XII board exams this year seem to have...

Kolkata: Amidst all the uncertainty created  by the Covid pandemic, the chances of holding the class XII board exams this year seem to have revived yet again. If sources are to be believed, the examinations will be scheduled between July 16 and August 26. However, the government has faced extreme opposition and bitter criticism from a major section of students and parents who are against holding the examinations stating that the situation is not conducive yet. Another alarming possibility is the early arrival of the third wave if exams are held. With scientists predicting the adverse effects of the third wave primarily on children, there is panic among the students, parents and teachers, since the mortality rate remains high despite the declining Covid curve.

In the recent review meeting, Maharashtra sought for a zero-examination route, while several states like Delhi, advised vaccination of examinees and examiners before examination. There have also been calls to further defer the examinations. This, however, has faced stiff opposition from the students as it will further delay university admissions and other competitive examinations viz, JEE and NEET. 

Let us look at some pros and cons of conducting examinations:-

Pros :-

•It will create an easy atmosphere for university admissions.

•Students taking admissions abroad will not face any issues and the situation will be like previous years.


•It may lead to the arrival of the third Covid wave much before its predicted time.

•It will be difficult for students who have lost their near and dear ones in this pandemic to appear for examinations.

•Students getting affected due to Covid amidst the examinations may not be allowed to sit for the rest of the examinations.

However, the education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is yet to take a final call. It is expected that the final decisions will be made public by June 1.

-       - Rupam Shukla, Student Correspondent, Kolkata


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