CBSE Std X, XII exams start on March 2
The Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) standard X and XII final exams for the year 2008-09 will start from March 2, 2009, read an announcement posted on the board’s official website.
Details of the exam schedule will be declared in the last week of December 2008, the announcement stated. According to CBSE sources, the board made an early declaration of the exam date since it was receiving a lot of queries on the exam schedule by parents and concern over exams clashing with the general elections scheduled in 2009.
Pune has 21 CBSE-affiliated schools where over 2,000 students are enrolled. Most of these schools are only up to standard X. Thirteen of these schools are a part of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan based at various defence locations, including Air Force Station, Lonavla; National Defence Academy; Institute of Armament Technology, Girinagar; BEG, Khadki and INS Shivaji, Lonavla, among others. The Delhi Public School, DAV Public School, Jnana Prabodhini and Saraswati Education Society’s Gurukul are some other CBSE schools in the city.
Meanwhile, CBSE controller of examinations M.C. Sharma has issued a circular to all the affiliated schools to ensure that the 75 per cent minimum attendance norm for Std X and XII students was strictly adhered to.
As per rule 13.2 of the board’s pre-examination bylaws, it is mandatory for students from Std IX to XII to have 75 per cent attendance from the date of opening of classes till the first day of the month before the month when the exam is scheduled.
Sharma has pointed out that the board invariably starts getting requests from schools and candidates alike, during the months of February, in some cases even in March, to condone the shortage of attendance. Usually, in such cases, the candidates and their parents resort to claims that the school never informed them about the shortage of attendance.
Through this circular, the board’s exam department has sought to pre-empt such excuses, by asking the schools to ensure that all communication about the shortage of attendance is effected in time with the candidates and their parents. Sharma said that this would also help reduce the requests for condonation.