In a positive development for school students who excel in sports, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it possible for them to appear for their Class X and XII board exams at a later date if international sports events clash with the timetable.
The CBSE does not want students who are pursuing sports and representing India on the international stage, to miss either their events or board exams. This decision comes in the wake of multiple requests from students over the last few years.
Last year, the board did allow nine students to write their board exams at a later date in a bid to let them participate in international sporting events. In a circular issued earlier this week, the CBSE said that it would now be standard board policy.
“It has been decided to…extend such facilitation hereon to all such students whose CBSE board exams clash with their participation in any international sports event that is recognised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the student participates as a representative of India. For such students, their examination will be conducted at a later stage, at a date mutually convenient to the student and the board, before the declaration of board results,” read the circular.
For the current academic calendar, students will have time until January 31 to inform the board’s regional offices about their desire to participate in international events during the upcoming exam season. “Students may make a request in writing to the CBSE through their schools along with recommendations from SAI,” the circular added.
“Schools have been requested to bring this information to the notice of their students who are actively participating in competitive sports and are likely to participate at an international sports event so that they can be benefited,” a CBSE official told Deccan Herald.
Board examinations for Class X students will be conducted from February 21, 2019, onwards and for Class XII from February 15, 2019. While the Class X board examinations will conclude on March 29, 2019, Class XII board examinations will conclude on April 3.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)