New Delhi. Over 8,000 parents have written to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, urging him to direct the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to provide a hybrid option for board examinations in view of the concerns arising out of Omicron, the new form of COVID-19. .
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It is necessary to mention that the Omicron form of Kovid has spread panic across the country, especially among parents and students, the letter said. Understanding the gravity of the situation, the Government of India, the World Health Organization and various other competent authorities have issued advisories. It has been said in the letter that conducting offline examinations in these circumstances may invite medical tragedy. It has been said that it is risky to call lakhs of students across the country to take the examination through offline mode.
The letter states that the students are yet to be vaccinated and about 3-4 per cent of them have been infected despite getting vaccinated. It is anticipated that the coronavirus is going to spread more rapidly due to the festive season and the scheduled exams immediately thereafter, will be a super spreader event if conducted only through offline mode. The letter claimed that since the entire medium of instruction is online, students should be given the option of taking the online test for fair evaluation.