CBSE 12th board exams and students

Since the postponing of CBSE class 12th board exams there has been uncertainty regarding the conduct of the exams. Amidst the speculations of cancellation of the examination CBSE has denied all the claims regarding it. The Ministry of Education is likely to make any decision by the end of May. Initially, CBSE class 12th board exams were scheduled in the month of May which were later postponed to June and further now are rumoured to be held in July. However, no official statement has yet been provided by the authorities. Amid the chaos the call for cancellation of exams is gaining pase due to the outburst of COVID-19 cases all over India. A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the exams questioning the feasibility of exams if conducted and delay in the result declaration leading to hamper higher studies and students seeking admissions in foreign universities. Moreover, social media platforms these days are flooded with hashtags such as #saveboardstudents, #cancelboardexams etc. Students have launched campaign demanding to cancel board exams considering the current situation and unprecedented events.

Keeping aside the chaos and uncertainty of exams we are almost ignoring the present condition of students who are appearing for class 12th board exams. Not to forget it has already been a huge delay in the exams followed by repeated postponing of the same and possibilities persist of further delay. Neither the situation is new nor the circumstances which students are facing but repeated delay of board exams is affecting students in various ways.

>The most obvious impact would be on the forthcoming academic sessions.

>Increase in mental stress, anxiety and depression are very common among students appearing for exams these days. Especially in a situation like we are facing these days it becomes difficult to have control over such emotions.

>Frustration among students over delay in board exams and postponing of major competitive exams such as JEE, NEET etc. is expected. After all it’s not easy to repeat and re-revise the entire syllabus for exams multiple times in order to be well prepared till the exams.

>Students tend to lose focus, concentration and the habit of self study. It is totally expected when they have actually got nothing to do but wait for their exams to be scheduled. Though this might have adverse effect on their ability to concentrate and interest towards study.

>Another major problem which arises is for the students seeking admission in foreign universities. Initially the board exams were conducted in the month of February to March followed by the result in the month of June. But now, since we’re surrounded by the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to delay in exams the results too are expected lately and would certainly affect students wishing to study abroad.