Class 10 and 12 students who have moved to a different state or district when schools were closed during the COVID-19-induced lockdown can appear for pending board exams there only, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced on Wednesday (May 27).
The minister said these students will not be required to travel back to the previous board exam centre.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce modalities of registrations for such requests, he said.
“Class 10 and 12 students who have to appear in pending board exams but have moved to different state or district during the lockdown when schools were closed, will be able to appear for exams at their present place only. They will not be required to travel back. The CBSE will issue a notification in this regard and modalities for registration of such requests,” Nishank said.
The exams, which were postponed due to a nationwide lockdown imposed on March 25 to contain the spread of COVID-19, will now be held from July 1 to 15.
On Monday (May 25), the Union minister announced that the pending board exams will be conducted at 15,000 centres across the country instead of 3,000 centres planned earlier,
“The class 10, 12 exams will now be conducted at over 15,000 exam centres across India. Earlier, CBSE was slated to hold exams at only 3,000 centres,” Nishank said.
The decision has been taken to ensure social distancing at exam centres and minimise travel for students.
The HRD ministry has already announced that students will appear for exams at schools in which they are enrolled rather than external examination centres.
According to home ministry guidelines, there will be no exam centre in COVID-19 containment zones.
(With inputs from agencies)