Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India’s largest school board has decided to give an opportunity for students of CBSE Class 9 and Class 11 students who have failed in their school exams by allowing them to appear for the school exams once more in these extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This one-time opportunity is being extended only in the current year given the unprecedented conditions of Covid-19. This benefit is a one-time measure and will not be extended in future," the CBSE notification clarified.

CBSE, in view of the requests of the parents and students, as a one time measure will allow students to appear in a school-based test again. The opportunity will be extended to students irrespective of whether their examinations have been completed and the exam results have been released or their exams have not been.

“The whole country is facing a challenging time due to Covid-19. This is an unprecedented situation. Children are confined at home. Their schools are closed. They are experiencing mental stress and anxiety. Parents are worried about salaries, the health of family etc. In this difficult time, children who have not been able to clear school examinations will be even more upset. The queries of such students are constantly being received by CBSE. Queries from parents are also being received continuously. At such a difficult time, all of us will have to make joint efforts to relieve students from stress and to help them to mitigate their anxiety” stated CBSE.

Before holding the test, CBSE has urged schools to give sufficient time to the students to prepare. Therefore all schools affiliated to CBSE will provide an opportunity to all the failed students of classes 9th and 11th for all subjects where students have failed.

 “It is once again reiterated that this exemption is to be extended to all the students even if they have been given the opportunity earlier to this notification also” emphasized CBSE.