Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 22 Dec 2020,5:25 pm

No board exams till February 2021, says Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

No board exams till February 2021, says Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
NEW DELHI: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today conducted a webinar to interact with teachers across the country. During the interaction, the education minister said that there would be no practical examinations in January and February. He said that board exams will not be conducted till February next year and the decision on examination schedule will be taken later.
As part of the central government initiative to conduct examinations on time amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister has planned a three-way dialogue with the students, parents and teachers across the country.
Authorities have been holding discussions this year with students, parents and teachers regarding the board exams even as schools and colleges across the country are in the process of resuming normal classroom teachings for various classes in December 2020 and January 2021.

On December 10, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal fielded the questions of the students at a live interactive session and assured them that they will return to school soon as the COVID-19 situation in the country is improving. Presently, 17 states have decided to reopen schools, he informed.

Education Minister's Interaction with Teachers: Highlights

5.15 pm: Answering a query on reducing the syllabus for the academic year 2020-21, the education minister said that CBSE has already reduced syllabus to 30 per cent and many stated board have also reduced their syllabus. "The board exams would be conducted on the basis of the reduced syllabus," he added.

5.10 pm: Answering a question on online mode of board examinations, the education minister said, "Many CBSE schools are in rural areas. Hence, online examinations are not possible."

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5.05 pm: Answering the question on whether Board exams can be postponed for three months, the education minister said that the Board examinations would not be conducted in January-February 2021. He said that there would be no practical examinations in January and February. "We would conduct the Board exams after February whenever the situation is favourable," he added.

4.59 pm: Answering a question about infrastructural issues, the education minister said, "We are aware of the determination our teachers have to overcome the challenges. I believe we will soon get a solution to these infrastructural issues."

4.55: Answering a question on alternatives to the online mode of education, Nishank said that the govt is using initiatives like One class one channel, DIKSHA, Pathshala and radio programmes to reach out to students. He also mentioned that many teachers are imparting education via loudspeaker by travelling long distances through the motorcycle.

4.50 pm: We have taken several steps to keep the mental health of students balanced during the time of Covid-19 pandemic through Fit India Movement, online yoga sessions, online programs, and various other activities: Education Minister

4.45 pm: Imparting life values to our students is very important and the NEP is focussed towards that: Education Minister

4.40 pm: "CBSE has trained 4.80 lakh teachers in online education teaching", said education minister. He further said that the govt has launched online platforms like ‘Nishtha' for the benefit of teachers.

4.35 pm: Answering the question of a teacher from Kolkata, the Education Minister said, "The theoretical knowledge is there no practical training. Via NCERT under New Education Policy, the new curriculum created will incorporate the real-life application of the theory by giving several case-studies so students would not only learn theory but go beyond that."

4.30 pm: Education Minister gave credit to teachers and termed teachers as a link between the drafting of the NEP 2020 and its implementation.

4.25 pm: Answering the question of a teacher from Madhya Pradesh on including professional papers from Class 9, the education minister said, "We have introduced technical education from Class 6 onwards along with internship to ensure practical training than just theoretical studies.”

4.20 pm: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal begins answering the questions and suggestions of teachers

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4.15 pm: Praising teachers for their effort, dedication and determination, Education Minister credited teachers for conducting of the entrance exams including JEE, NEET amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

4.05 pm: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is now live to interact with teachers. Click here to watch the video

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