The announcement of dates for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X and XII examinations spread over more than a month has left most students in Muscat happy.
But parents have reasons to worry as this will not just upset vacation plans but also will affect the planned quick coaching courses for students taking the entrance examinations.
The CBSE board on Monday announced that the Class X examinations will be between March 9 and April 10, those for Class XII will be between March 9 and April 29.
Immediate to respond to the announcement was Indian School Darsait principal Sreedevi Tashnath. “Students will get a quite reasonable time gap between examinations which should ease their tension a lot,” she told Oman Tribune.
A cross-section of students this paper spoke to said that a gap between major papers should really help. “A good gap before some tough papers like maths or physics is needed. Or else, the pressure can be too much,” said a student of ISM. “This, she says, is what most of her friends too feel.
Normally, these examinations are held from the first week of March. But owing to the elections to five Indian state assemblies, the dates had to be rescheduled.
The board statement made it clear that all possible efforts had been made “to maintain reasonable time gap between the major papers and also ensure that the students appearing for Joint Engineering Exam and National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (Neet) complete the CBSE examinations ahead of these entrance exams”.