The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has changed dates of four Class XII examinations, including Urdu elective and sociology, with the general elections in mind.
The examinations for Urdu elective, Carnatic music (vocal), Carnatic music (melodic instrument), Carnatic music (instrument percussion), Hindustani vocal, Hindustani music (melodic instrument), Hindustani music (instrument percussion) and Urdu core were scheduled for April 9, a day before the first phase of elections in Bihar. The exams will now be held on April 25.
The date for sociology, graphic designs, DTP CAD and multimedia and business process outsourcing skills exams has been shifted from April 10 to April 21.
Examinations in philosophy, entrepreneurship, office procedure and practices, cash management and housekeeping, communication and health nursing II, library administration and management, computer and life insurance administration, basic concept of health and diseases and medical terminology, and food services II have been shifted from April 12 to April 19.
The fourth change of date is for papers in agriculture, creative writing and translation studies, painting, graphics, sculpture, applied art-commercial art. Originally scheduled on April 17, the exams will be held on April 22.
Anushna Jha, a Class XII student of Notre Dame Academy, said: “The sociology paper was earlier scheduled for April 10. Now, it will be held on April 21. We have been affected by the extension of the examination period, but we knew this would have happened. The change in dates was required for the elections too.”
Shalini Shreya, another student of the school, was not as accommodating with the change.
She said: “Whatever we had planned for the end of the examination has gone in vain. We did not expect that the board examinations would be delayed because of the elections. In fact, we were about to go to Pune to my brother’s house and chill there for a few days. Now, the tickets would have to be cancelled.”
The principal of Baldwin Academy, Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, expects the delay would not affect the results.
He said: “I hope the publication of the results would not be delayed and the CBSE would see to it.”