In a letter written to Pokhriyal on Wednesday, Sisodia has explained how it will be impossible for government schools to hold exams as they are being used for several purposes to battle Covid-19.
Sisodia’s letter also comes at a time when a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court by parents demanding cancellation of the board exams. On Wednesday, the court sought a response from the Central Board of Secondary Education on holding the remaining board exams from July 1.
“I hope you agree with me that the board exams, especially for class XII, are a high stakes exam for children. Hence, subjecting them to take this exam in such an uncertain and anxiety-prone situation would not be fair to them,” said Sisodia.
On April 28, during a meeting of the education minister, Sisodia had said that the CBSE results should be declared on the basis of pre-boards or internal exams conducted by the school.
Talking about the Delhi situation on why exams cannot be conducted, Sisodia highlighted that by July 31 the number of Covid-19 cases is likely to reach 5.5 lakh.
“In such a situation, if a candidate or a family member tests positive, he or she will have to skip the exams causing further stress. Currently there are 242 containement zones in Delhi. Though as per current plan of CBSE, a school in this zone will not be used as an exam centre. But there is no clarity on how a child from this zone will come out to take the exam,” said Sisodia.
In case of government schools, 251 of them are used as ration distribution centres, 33 schools are hunger relief centres, 39 as shelter homes, 10 as transit migrant camps and 10 as quarantine centres.
“These schools will not be in a position to conduct exam from July 1. To meet the requirement of additional beds, which is 80,000 by the end of July, Delhi government is planning to use the auditoriums in nearly 242 schools to set up additional beds.Holding exams in the same building where there would be hundreds of Covid patients would be a serious risk,” he said.
He has urged the minister to use this time to build the confidence of parents and the capacity of schools to welcome children back to schools, “instead of getting stuck with exams.”
With a similar case ongoing with CISCE, which conducts ISC and ICSE exams the board has given an option to students. To either appear for the exam or accept the marks of pre-boards/ internal assessment conducted by the school.