AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to promote all students of classes 1 to 8 to the next grade. The students of classes 9 and 11 will be promoted to the next class on the basis of internal assessments of schools. This decision has been taken in view of the current lockdown situation in the country.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank stated in Twitter, “In view of the current situation due to Covid 19, I have advised CBSE to promote ALL students studying in classes I-VIII to the next class/grade.”
The CBSE will conduct board examinations of only 29 papers.
“Due to the ongoing #COVID19 situation and keeping in mind the academic future of students, I have advised CBSE to conduct board examinations only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion & maybe crucial for admissions in HEIs,” tweeted the HRD minister.
The Ministry of HRD tweeted, “Students studying in classes IX & XI will be promoted to next class/grade based on the school-based assessments including projects, periodic tests, term exams, etc, conducted so far,” tweeted Ministry of HRD.
“Students not promoted this time can appear in school-based test/s, online or offline,” the HRD tweeted.
Earlier, Kendriya Vidyalaya, and state boards like Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat went for mass promotion of students of classes 1 to 8, 9 and 11.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce a new subject ‘applied mathematics’ for class 11 and 12 students as an elective course from the upcoming academic year 2021.
Due to the ongoing #COVID19 situation & keeping in mind the academic future of students, I have advised @cbseindia29 to conduct board examinations only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion & maybe crucial for admissions in HEIs #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/T5fNrrj6FT
— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 1, 2020
The Board in a circular commented, “It has been observed that existing syllabus of mathematics aligns with science subjects but not with commerce or social science-based subjects in university education.”
In two years of class 11 and 12, applied mathematics will cover mathematical knowledge in the field of business, economics and social science, as claimed by the CBSE.
“It is expected that the new subject is taught by connecting concepts to application in various fields, thereby enabling students to develop 21st century competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, logical reasoning, mathematical thinking, etc.