Teachers involved in COVID-19 duties and schools being used as vaccination centres
The Delhi government has appealed to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to review the timeline for compiling Class X board exam results. The request cited unavailability of teachers involved in COVID-19 duties and schools being used as vaccination centres.
The letter to CBSE also cited the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital and the lockdown imposed in the city till May 10 as reasons.
“Keeping in view the ongoing situation, including its emotional ramifications, enforcement of lockdown and deployment of teachers for various duties, the competent authority of CBSE is requested to kindly review the Time Schedule... regarding Policy for Tabulation of Marks for Class X Board Exams 2021,” the Delhi government wrote.
According to the letter, teachers are involved in conducting door-to-door surveys in COVID-19 hotspots and vulnerable areas, providing assistance with testing and contact tracing, monitoring the movement of bodies and ensuring timely disposal of calls for hearse vans. They are also engaged in activities related to COVID vaccination.
“Further, to assist the district administration, most of the teachers and other staff, including data entry operators and IT assistants of Delhi Government schools, are at the forefront of COVID-19 related duties,” the letter said.
The government said 76 of its schools have been designated as COVID vaccination centres. In addition to that, there have been several instances wherein teachers and students or their family members have tested positive for COVID-19 or have lost their dear ones, it said.
CBSE has cancelled the Class X board exams because of the rise in COVID cases all over the country had stated that the marks for Class X students will have to be submitted by schools within June 11 and the results will be declared by June 20.
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