The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has suggested that the next academic session be commenced on April 1, in a letter addressed to the heads of schools affiliated with it. However, the board added that it should be done to the extent it is feasible and following the guidelines of respective state governments.
"It would be appropriate to start the academic session 2021-2022 from April 1, 2021, to the extent feasible subject to instructions of the State Government,” read the letter signed by Controller of Examinations Sanyam Bharadwaj.
The letter said that the schools should take steps to identify and remedy the learning gaps for students of classes IX and XI and conduct examinations adhering to the safety norms laid down by the government.
"This exam will also help in identifying learning gaps which could be addressed by the schools in a new academic session, at the beginning of classes, by having a bridge course specially designed to address learning gaps," the letter read. Bharadwaj noted that in many states schools have opened as the situation in the country has improved. He advised the schools to gear up for welcoming students for regular classroom teaching.
QIn several states, some schools had opened from October, although in many places they remained shut. Stating that schools should be prepared to welcome class X and XII students for face-to-face classes leading up to their board exams, the letter stated:
“For classes IX and XI also, schools should take steps to identify and remedy the learning gaps and thereafter, conduct examinations by strictly following safety protocols as per Examination Bye-Laws. This will also help in identifying learning gaps which could be addressed by the schools in new academic session by having a bridge course specially designed to address learning gaps.”