Over the past year, work, entertainment and even award shows went online. As more people adjusted to life in a pandemic, we learnt important lessons like that meeting really could’ve been an email and cramming a batch of students in a class is overrated. It has been months since students all over the world have been taking online classes. And while we have the occasional viral disaster courtesy of unmuted participants on zoom calls. It’s an overall efficient process that offers access to education and keeps people safe. One would assume that schools and universities are primed to conduct all academic activities online by now, but according to Indian government authorities, the 10th and 12th board exams seem to be an exception.
As a product of the Indian education system, I have been through the pressure of board exams, but what students are currently going through is crazy even by this country’s standards. CBSE, ICSE and State Board exams for class 10 and 12 are expected to run on schedule this year. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in India are on a steady rise. Given the dire situation, students are rightfully demanding the cancellation of the 2021 board exams. As the date for examinations draws closer, thousands of candidates are rallying to cancel the exams as #CancelBoards2021 trends on Twitter.
— pranjali. (@pranjali_nangia) April 7, 2021
We’re at an all time high in terms of COVID cases, yet the government wants us students to appear for the boards. Cancel the ICSE, CBSE and state boards for 2021 or provide online exams#cancelboardexams2021 pic.twitter.com/FXffyhEygV
— Pranav (@PranavRNaikar) April 6, 2021
— raahil (@raahilmohd69) April 6, 2021
— अरमन मलिक (@arman_mlk8) April 6, 2021
— ~ 𝑲𝒖𝒍𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑`♡ˎˊ✨ (@shehnaazkaafan) April 7, 2021
They’re making a fair point. The number of coronavirus cases in India is on an unprecedented rise, 12,801,785 cases at the time of writing this article, to be precise. Maharashtra and Delhi are currently under lockdown so as far as the pandemic is concerned, there seems to be no end in sight. Holding board exams that involve millions of students across the country is irresponsible and inhuman. For anyone who thinks stepping out and risking lives is worth it, you must pay attention to what actress Bhumi Pednekar has to say about contracting COVID-19.
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