Amid the news of paper leak, Central Board of Senior Education (CBSE) has announced re-examination for class 12th Economics discipline on April 25th, 2018. The Secretary of School Education, Anil Swaroop made the news official about re-examination through press conference address.
CBSE agreed on the part that paper was leaked and hence the re-examination was to be conducted. CBSE also made it clear that re-examination would not be held for students who have taken the examination on International centers.
The cancellation and declaration of re-examination has left the students disturbed and are protesting against CBSE’s move. One major reason for student’s protest is the clashing of its examination date with prominent competitive examinations.
Andhra Pradesh EAMCET exam for engineering entrance (in technical colleges in the state of Andhra Pradesh) is one crucial exam that is clashing with the CBSE board’s Economics re-examination. Students from PCM and PCB group that have opted for Economics as a subject at +2 level are worst affected. Since the AP EAMCET exam is scheduled to be held from April 22 to April 25, 2018, students having the exam on April 24 and April 25 would face the paucity of preparation time and the clash of examination.
With competitive examination like JEE Main (April 8 and April 16), Kerala Engineering Entrance exam (April 23 and 24) scheduled to be held in the month of April, students are facing the paucity of time in regards to their competitive exam preparation.
Apart from giving divided attention to both the exams, the re-examination has left the students stressed and pressurized as they have to put in the efforts once again to prepare for the exam. After re-scheduling of Physical Education examination from April 9, 2018, to April 13, 2018, this re-examination has created a question mark on CBSEs abilities to ensure smooth and fair conduct of board examinations. The trust erosion of students in CBSE as an institution is visible in face of the protests that are going on in front of CBSE’s office in New Delhi.
The extension of examination cycle until April 25th, 2018 is expected to delay the declaration of results this year. This delay would indeed cause the beginning of the admission cycle to get delayed in colleges along with the counseling process of various institutes and universities.
Usually, CBSE announces its result by the final week of May on its official website. However, re-scheduling and re-examination has disturbed the gap that was normally maintained between the board examination and various competitive exams.
Central government has appointed a high powered committee to look at the procedure and handling of examination process by CBSE. The committee would be chaired by V.S. Oberoi and would look into the details of procedural loopholes and vulnerabilities that expose CBSE to paper leak. CBSE made the news of setting of the committee through media channels. The committee is expected to submit its report by May 31st, 2018.