The order reads as, “aIt has been decided by the department that the compartment students of the Class of IX and XI will be given the option either to attend the earlier IX and XI Classes as a fail candidate or to attend online classes for the next class that is X and XII, subject to the condition that re-appear examination would be held as soon as the schools are allowed to open and if they fail in the examination, they will not be entitled to further attend the higher Class – X and XII.”
The letter in this regard was sent to the school heads and principals with instructions that, “The decision of the department may be brought to the notice of students/parents through e-mail, WhatsApp, and other mode of communications as deemed fit.”
Teachers said that it was good decision by the education department it is also inline with earlier CBSE order which asked states to conduct compartment exams through alternate methods like online tests.
CBSE had recently stated that “Schools can conduct online/offline/innovative tests and may decide to promote students on the basis of the test conducted.”
It was on April 14 that UT education department had decided to give 30 grace marks, in total, to students of classes IX and XI and to not fail any student this year. Around 4,550 students of classes XI and XI of government schools, affiliated to the CBSE, in Chandigarh were put under compartment after they could not pass despite 30 grace marks. The compartment exams were earlier supposed to begin on May 15, but were later postponed till further orders. However, due to the Pandemic, the schools remained closed because of which the compartment exams are yet to be conducted.