The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday announced that Classes 10 and 12 exams for private candidates will be conducted from August 16 to September 15.
The board ruled out declaring results of the private candidates on the basis of an alternative assessment policy like that for regular candidates saying neither schools nor CBSE has any previous assessment record for these students.
“The exams will be conducted from August 16 to September 15 and their result will also be declared in minimum possible time to avoid any difficulty to them in admission in higher education,” CBSE Examination Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said.
Earlier in the day, a group of private candidates staged a protest outside the CBSE headquarters alleging disparity between them and regular candidates.
The CBSE had cancelled board exams for Classes 10 and 12 this year, and instead asked schools to rely on special assessment policy to help calculate results. This criteria only applies to students taking the exams through schools.
The board also extended schools’ deadlines to help calculate Class 12 exams. The deadline has now been extended by three days from July 22 to July 25, examination controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said.
“With the last date for finalising the results approaching fast, the teachers are panicky and committing mistakes and sending request (sic) to CBSE to rectify these. CBSE is well aware about (sic) the constraints and problems faced by the schools and teachers,” Bhardwaj said in an official order.
“Accordingly, CBSE has decided to extend the last date from July 22 to 25. Schools may continue to work towards compiling the result to avoid any last-minute rush. In case any school is left to complete the moderation of marks, the result of such schools will be declared separately,” he added.
The CBSE, however, did not clarify whether extending the deadline for schools will cause a delay in declaration of results which are due to be declared latest by July 31.