New Guidelines Issued by CBSE For Class 9th and 11th Exams: Commencement of New Academic Session from April 1, 2021


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools that come under it to find a way and resolve learning gaps, which occurred due to the pandemic, and then conduct examinations for classes 9th and 11th by following COVID-19 safety protocols. The board has also suggested that the new academic session shall begin on April 1.

Notice to All School Principals

The Central Board of Secondary Education Controller of Examination Sanyam Bhardwaj wrote a letter to school principals stating that “The schools should find a way to fill the learning gap for classes 9th and 11th and should conduct examinations by following the COVID-19 safety protocols.”

These exams would help in identifying learning gaps that where the children are lacking in education and by how much and such data c nabe used by schools in the new academic session to bring everything on track and can conduct bridge course specially designed to address the learning gap.

Due to an abrupt increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the government declared that schools, offices, and other institutions will remain shut from March 25, 2020, which created a huge loss in the education sector.

During the lockdown students shifted to a new way of learning, that is, online classes turned out to be the best suitable options to carry out the studying procedure. But after some time as restrictions started to lift up from June last year, schools were reopened partially in a few states from October 2020.

New Academic Session Begin from April 1, 2021, informs CBSE

Bhardwaj also added in his letter that “As we are proceeding to open schools, there shouldn’t be any negligence in following the COVID-19 safety protocols and should be considered as the most important priority to keep everyone safe and healthy. It is appropriate to begin the new academic session 2021-2022 from April 1 to the extent feasible subject to the instructions of state governments.”

He showed his concern and focus more on filling the learning gaps and also requested to follow the suggestions to make the next session more streamlined.

Many schools have already been opened and are running in the majority and after witnessing the status of the pandemic situation, it is highly expected from the rest of the states and Union Territories that schools will be reopened in those regions too. Schools should be fully prepared with their planning and welcome the students for face-to-face classes. This way students will be able to complete their practicals.

On top of that, the CBSE had announced this month the schedule for board exams for classes 10th and 12th.

The CBSE board took an important decision to reschedule the class 10th and 12th exams from May-June, because of an abrupt increase of the pandemic. As a result, many schools have been in touch with the CBSE board and seeking its advice regarding the 9th and 11th class examinations and commencement of the new session.

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