Board exams are off, but testing times are on, influencing students’ academic and career choices

A student undergoes thermal screening before entering an examination center of Bihar Intermediate (12th) Board Exams 2021 in Mithapur, on February 1, 2021 in Patna, India.


The cancellation of board exams has significant implications for every aspect of school education, touching students, teachers, and administrators alike. While the decision has put an end to uncertainty, the processes being adopted for internal assessment may just be good enough to cope with the current situation. The other untold story: the possible spike in dropouts.

“Exams test your memory. Life tests your learning. Others will test your patience,” goes a quote attributed to outdoorsman and countryside writer Fennel Hudson. For students of grades 10 and 12, the last few months have tested their patience to the limit, an ordeal that won’t be erased from their memory for sure. As for learning, there is a question mark. The uncertainty over board examinations, the cancellations that followed, and the new ways

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