In a little over two weeks from now, starting in the first week of July 2020, over 1 crore students or more are supposed to complete their Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations, which were interrupted by the clamping of a lockdown at four hours’ notice, starting on March 25. Among them is my son, who has three papers due in his ISC examinations.

These examinations are conducted by a number of boards, with the largest of them being Central Board of Secondary Education. The others include the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, which, like the CBSE, operates at a national level, and the various state education boards – some of whom have in fact started conducting their examinations already. The CBSE and the ISC also run examinations for several “Indian” schools in foreign countries.

The original examination schedule did enable some students to complete all their papers before the lockdown, but a large number of them have to complete several papers still.

Inexplicably, and recklessly, the examinations have been scheduled across India – cities and rural areas – for a time when the number of individuals affected by Covid-19 is rising steeply, with no abatement in site. Growing at close to...

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