Guwahati: Thousands of students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Exams (CISCE) have rallied on social media, calling for the cancellation of offline board exams for class 10 and 12, and taking an online exam instead. Politicians, including Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, have also batted for the same.

To better understand the situation, EastMojo spoke with some board exam aspirants from Guwahati and a few parents.

Abhinav Agarwal, a class 10 student who will appear for boards in May this year, said the exams should be online. The reason? Rise in COVID-19 cases.

Likewise, Gaurav Bajaj, another class 10 board exam aspirant, said exams should be held online due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

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However, Shweta Jain, the parent of a student who will sit for boards this year, batted for offline exams. She said, “We don’t need online exams, as kids do not give their 100%. And obviously, they will cheat.”

Tanish Jalan, a class 10 student, too said board exams should be online. But his reasons are different. “Throughout the year, our classes were online. We didn’t have any expectation that we will have pre-boards or boards. We are not prepared to appear for boards,” said Jalan. 

Meanwhile, Anishka Singhania, another class 10 student from Guwahati said, “It doesn’t matter, I just want to appear for boards.” Though, she prefers offline exams. “I don’t trust the online process. What if we are at home and the site crashes?” she questioned. Her mother, Anju Singhania, also agreed with her daughter’s choice of the offline exam.

“When exams are online, students don’t have confidence in what they have studied. Also, those students who not serious will cheat in online exams,” she added. Online exams put the career of serious students at stake, she said. 

On the safety of conducting offline exams amid the pandemic, she said there should be no issue after increasing space between students and taking proper precaution.

While parents fear for their child’s safety, some also highlighted that despite the pandemic, they are going out with friends, enjoying parties, etc, so why can’t they sit for their exam?

After the end of voting for assembly elections in Assam on April 6, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases, from 92 new cases on April 6 to 281 new cases on April 9.

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