The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may schedule class X and XII board exams in the second week of March this year after the assembly elections in five states. The dates of the exam will, however, be declared early next week by the board. The exam usually commences from March 1st every year.
Last year, the board released the exam dates on January 2. This year, it is yet to announce the dates. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur are scheduled from February 11 to March 8.Many of the teachers will be deployed on election duty in these five states. The board is, therefore, considering scheduling of the exams in the second week to avoid any clash.
An official, however, said that the dates will be announced early next week and students should wait until then.
However, students of class XII are worried that they will have to attempt the board exam and the joint entrance exam simultaneously if the exam commences late. JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held in the first week of April. Class XII exam usually begins on March 1 and ends in April.
Principals, however, said that the board usually avoids any such clashes and a delay of a week will not affect the results and other schedules. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has further clamped down on the way schools recruit principals by making changes to the bylaws governing superannuation.
Now only national awardee principals will be eligible to continue at their post after the age of 60 and that too only with prior approval of CBSE.
Until now, the process was fairly simple with even state and CBSE awardees being allowed to continue as principals till the age of 65, and that too without any intervention from CBSE.