Scores of parents in Gurugram of Class 5 and Class 8 students studying in various schools staged a protest against the proposal of the Haryana Government to hold Board exams for Classes 5 and 8 in April 2022.
The protest held on February 20 at Leisure Valley in Gurugram, was also backed by parents of students from Class 4 to Class 7, as well as CBSE and CISCE. The aim was to raise the Haryana government’s attention to the various facts:
– After 650 days of school closures, children are already struggling to overcome learning gaps. A new Board exam will create additional pressure on them.
– Children are already preparing for their Term 2 final exams, while dealing with Covid restrictions. Many have not had digital access to classrooms, and have been struggling with hybrid teaching. Trying to prepare for a new Board exam will be impossible for them.
– The proposed BSEH (Board of Secondary Education, Haryana) syllabus differs from syllabi being taught in many schools. Students from a large number of schools are not familiar with this syllabus, and it is unfair to expect them to study it in a little over a month.
– Having experienced tremendous uncertainty, loss, isolation and fear in the last two years, students are not equipped to handle the pressure of an unexpected and unplanned Board examination.
The CBSE and CISCE Boards have already expressed their opposition to the Haryana Government’s move and the parents, reportedly, will also be presenting their case to the Haryana Education Department and the Chief Minister of Haryana.
The matter is already the subject of a case (Haryana United Schools & Others vs. State of Haryana and Others) in the Chandigarh High Court. The case will be heard on Monday, 21st February.