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Change in dates upsets exam plans

Patna, Jan. 24: The decision of CBSE to change the dates of school-based summative assessment (SA) II this year has annoyed not just the students but also the school authorities.

Most schools had chalked out plans to conduct the exam in the second week of March. The CBSE, recently, directed them to conduct the exam between March 1 and March 15. Now, the sudden change in dates has left the schools in a fix.

Aditya, a Class X student, told The Telegraph: “The school authorities had informed us in October last year that the school-based SA-II would not be conducted before the second week of March. We were also told that the examination would take place only after the board-based exams are over. This could have happened even in the third week of March. Now, if the exam starts in the first week of March, it will create a lot of problems. My friends and I have planned the routine for revision. The change in dates is an unnecessary pressure.”

School authorities, too, are of the same opinion.

A school principal on the condition of anonymity said: “We were ready to conduct the exam like last year. We had also prepared our schedules accordingly, as we were told over phone that the instructions would be the same as last year.” Most city schools had started the SA-II exam last year after March 15.

Despite repeated calls, no official of the regional CBSE office was ready to shed light on why the dates had been changed. However, the deputy director of CBSE, Patna region (Bihar and Jharkhand), K.K. Jain had earlier told The Telegraph: “The instructions regarding the school-based SA-II will be the same as last year.”

Whatever be the reason, students fear that the last-minute alteration to the routine would affect their results.

Kajal, another Class X student, said: “My school teachers had said that the school-based SA-II would not start before Holi. We were provided this information in January this year.”

She added: “The school authorities informed us yesterday that the board examination would be begin on March 1. This has disturbed all our plans for revision.”

Parents, too, said that CBSE should not have changed the dates but are hopeful that their wards would perform well in the exams. Shrawan, a parent, said: “CBSE should not have done this. But I will help my child and encourage him to perform well.”