Many different schools across India had said that they are unable to conduct practical exams or internal assessment due to term end during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday the national board asked them to conduct pending assessment online and submit the marks to the board by June 28. Also for practicals which required external examiner will decide the date for an online viva by consulting internal examiner. The board has informed the examiner to inform the students ‘well in advance’ the date and the time and should share the exam link on the exam day.
CBSE controller of examinations Sanyam Bhardwaj said in a letter to schools on Monday that, “Regarding subjects for which the external examiner has not been appointed, the concerned school teacher of the subject will conduct the internal assessment based on the instructions given in the curriculum in online mode and upload the marks awarded at the link provided by the board.”
He also said that, “Both the examiners should keep in mind that the marks allotted should not bunch towards the maximum marks which is highly unlikely in view of diverse levels of students.”
Schools are also been asked to take an on-screen photograph of the online meeting with the student, external examiner, and internal examiner as a part of records.
Addressing concerns of the existing digital divide and its impact on the internals, Bhardwaj mentioned in Hindustan Times that, “We have taken the decision in consultation with the schools and they said they have made the necessary arrangements. Covid-19 protocols have to be followed very strictly. Only if any state government has allowed students to come to schools, principals may call such students to conduct the tests.”