Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal discusses students’ concerns

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Shruti Rathi | Dec 10, 2020

Highlights:

  • What did Minister say?
  • No mention of postponing exams
  • No reduction in JEE and NEET Syllabus
  • Possibility of revising the paper pattern
  • CBSE has reduced the syllabus for Class 10 and 12 board exams 2021 by 30 per cent
  • The ministry is considering if JEE Main can be held up to four times
  • He congratulated students for outstanding success
  • 17 states have reopened the schools
  • The Government had launched ‘Manodarpan’ to speak with the mental health professionals

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ interacted with students in a Twitter and Facebook live session today. The minister’s conference was held amid rising concerns regarding the conduct of board and entrance exams in 2021.

The CBSE has been working constantly for the board examination. Considering the many concerns, CBSE has reduced the syllabus for Class 10 and 12 board exams 2021 by 30 per cent.

“Education Ministry has been trying to ensure continued learning. Many online platforms have been introduced and kept active to help students,” Nishank said.
After the government permitted, as many as 17 states had reopened the schools, he said. The attendance, however, in the schools remained less. The minister seemed hopeful that students would soon get back to school.

NEET 2020, in which17 lakh students had participated is one of a kind and the largest public examinations, conducted by any country during the pandemic. JEE Main and JEE Advanced were also conducted with success, the minister said. Students were given ample options and choices to make the examinations as comfortable as possible, the minister said.

Addressing the concerns of the students, the government has launched Manodarpan, psychosocial support for the mental health and well-being of students. Mental stress has been a big concern and the Education Ministry is working constantly along with CBSE’s helpline to assist students in any way possible.

Education Minister congratulated students for continuing learning even through the pandemic. He spoke on how the exams were conducted and admissions were completed, and how students had taken up various activities to keep themselves productive. He spoke on the pen pal, reading habit, and how PM Narendra Modi has been working constantly to improve the communication with students.

Education Minister also spoke on the CBSE Class 10 and 12 Board Exam 2020 results. He congratulated students for achieving success even during the times of the COVID pandemic.

Students asked for a reduction of JEE and NEET Syllabus by 10 to 20 per cent and have also asked for more time. Education Minister assured students that if the situations persisted, then due consideration and time would be given to the students.

Answering requests to postpone the exams, Education Minister shared how the schedule is set and followed. Not answering on whether or not the examinations have been postponed, Education Minister shared that students would be given enough time during the exams to prepare for the same.

In regards to the reduction of the syllabus, Education Minister shared that discussions and planning are going on. He spoke on the possibility of revising the paper pattern to attend to the reduction in the various board examination syllabus so as to accommodate the same.

Pokhriyal said that the ministry is considering if JEE Main can be held up to four times.