With the recent decision of the Prime Minister on Class XII examinations, below are some reaction quotes on CBSE BOARDS CANCELLATION
Mr. Praveen Raju, Co-Chair, FICCI ARISE; Founder, Suchitra Academy
Given the current situation, it is the right decision to cancel the CBSE Board exams. There is no way we could have held exams without compromising the safety of children. While we welcome the decision, we hope the modalities would be worked out quickly in consultation with stakeholders. Since 12th marks are important factor that affects students’ career, we expect CBSE to ensure students don’t get affected with the methodology of awarding marks.
Charu Wahi, Principal, Nirmal Bhartia School
A decision taken in the best interest of the children. However, the next step is equally critical and crucial in terms of deciding the process and criteria based on which the children's performance will be gauged. This should be done keeping in mind that many of them make that extra effort during the last mile and hence, should be given due advantage.
Vishnu Karthik, CEO, The Heritage Schools
The decision on cancellation of board exams has provided some clarity and assuaged stress levels among students and parents. It wouldnt have been an easy decision given the criticality of grade 12 exams on university admissions. The govt. didn’t have much choice as health of students is paramount. The challenge now is for CBSE to arrive at an alternative criterion to determine grade 12 marks. Any delay or any confusion on the new grading criteria will lead to more confusion and stress among students. Clear directions should also be provided to Indian universities to modify their admissions criteria so meritocracy and fairness is not compromised.
Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman of Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions
The decision to cancel class XII Board exams is clearly taken in the interest of the health and safety of students and teachers. Many students and their parents will heave a sigh of relief. The uncertainty over the Class XII Board Exams happening during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had many of them anxious and nervous. But now, we move on to the next challenge, which is to come up with a fair and reliable criterion for assessing the academic performance of these students. Deserving students must be allocated grades or marks corresponding to their yearly performance. It’s a challenge that will require a great deal of meticulous thinking for arriving at a just criterion for academic assessment. I’m sure the schools and boards will rise to the challenge and deliver what’s best for the students.
Kunal Vasudeva, COO, Indian School of Hospitality
We welcome the government’s decision to cancel 12th class board exams. It is a well-thought decision and it rightly reflects the progressive stance India has about education, at the policy level. Student safety is at the centre of all we’re doing right now and this move will certainly help reduce anxieties among both students and parents. This was the right call to take and we’re happy to adapt our admission cycle as per the new guidelines.
Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost - HSNC University
Keeping in mind the surging risk of infection via the detrimental coronavirus, I understand and laud Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji's decision to cancel Class 12 board exams. The announcement repressed the uncertainty that would have otherwise affected the youth and also met the trending #cancelboardexams2021 demand of students and industry bodies while ascertaining that the academic calendar will not be affected further. The results will be compiled per well-defined criteria by CBSE and terminate the anxiety of stakeholders. I'm happy that this decision is made in favor of India's future, ensuring their health is not at stake."
Divya Lal, Founder and Managing Director, Fliplearn
We are pleased with Government’s decision that has kept student safety above all other concerns. We are hopeful that the chosen criteria for assessing students will be fair and in keeping with student’s efforts through the year. Advances in pedagogy and technology practices in education has already shown that online assessment, made easy with digital technologies, is a powerful tool to evaluate students. The long anxious wait of students has come to an end with this decision of the government.
Dr Jitin Chadha, Founder & Director, Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF)
We at ISBF welcome the government's decision to cancel the CBSE Class 12 examinations. Given the mental and emotional turmoil the country is going through due to the pandemic, and the physical threat of infection, I certainly believe the wisest choice has been made. The other alternative, which was to conduct delayed examinations, would inevitably have had a detrimental knock-on effect on next year's learning through a shorter academic year for those continuing in school or going on to college, and it is good from a long term perspective that that has been avoided.
Vinay Sharma- Head of Digital & sevices, S.Chand and Co. (Mylestone and Learnflix )
We agree with the decision of the government as the health and safety of the students is top priority and there can be no compromise on that. We believe that govt will come up with fair system of parameters to assess the students so that their future career path is not affected.
Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Vice-Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University
The pandemic has created multiple uncertainties. Given the spread of the virus and the atmosphere of fear and tension, canceling an end exam for 12th grade seemed the best alternative. What will be vital is the framework that will be worked out for the overall assessment. This episode should also inspire us to have a searching second look at our assessment system and focus on continuous assessment rather than rely on a single examination. We at Jagran Lakecity University anticipated this challenge and are basing our admission on an entrance test which provides for a 360-degree assessment as well as an online dialogue between the prospective student and our faculty.
Chandrabhanu Pattajoshi, Founder, Goseeko
While the cancellation of CBSE Class 12 exams addresses the apprehensions of parents regarding the safety and well-being of their children, we must prepare to build exam systems with a graded approach. An approach where students are evaluated through multiple interventions throughout the year, especially critical years such as Class 10 and Class 12. This will enable future education systems to take them well while also helping the industry to accept these new ways of evaluating students during placements and beyond. Academics along with co-curricular activities, leadership skills, creative and decision-making skills will act as a complete guide to nurture our students in their ‘Academics to Career’ journey and make them future ready for the next-gen workforce.
Mrs Kavita Sahay Kerawalla, Vice Chairperson, VIBGYOR Group of Schools