Talking about it, a school principal requesting anonymity said, “For the first time, it seems that CBSE has put in efforts to prepare the date sheet that suits the students. In previous years, the date sheet did not keep in mind the interest of children. There is just one error in the date sheet that they have given the date for English Communication exam which was discontinued by CBSE last year.”
Another teacher, on the condition of anonymity, said, “It is a good date sheet as it gives ample time to students to prepare for each exam. Moreover, Class XII science students will get free on time to prepare for their NEET entrance exam. English Communicative subject has been discontinued by CBSE and English Language and Literature is compulsory.”
Students, too, are happy with the date sheet. However, some Class X students expressed sorrow over Mathematics exam being scheduled for March 12 as the festival of Holi is falling on March 10 next year. “I wish Mathematics paper was done before Holi so that we could enjoy the festival,” said Saira Kapil, a Class X student.
“Mathematics is scary and then keeping in mind the past records of the paper, Holi is certainly not going to be much fun,” said Atharv Rana, another Class X student.
Board exams for classes X and XII will begin on February 15, but till March 1, exams for only vocational and language subjects would be conducted. First mainstream paper would be on March 4, which would be of science. For Class XII, main exams would begin with Physics on March 2. Class XII will have some exams of the humanities stream in February.