This pandemic has been difficult for everyone – physically, emotionally, and mentally. In the case of mental health, students are facing the worst impact owing to the uncertainties in examination dates since the authorities have been unable to make a proper decision.
Exams are getting postponed now and then, causing significant mental strain to the students. Talking to The North-Eastern Chronicle, a CA aspirant has shared that in a notice issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Chartered Accountants examination on an all-India basis will is all set to begin on July 5. However, the ICAI president said that it would conduct exams only if the situation is conducive. The exam had been previously postponed, and the new date was released 40 days before the set examination date.
On the other hand, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Company Secretary (CS), and even Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have postponed examinations till August. It was earlier meant to be conducted in May.
Needless to say, it is putting students in a difficult position as they wait for the green signal till the last moment. Exams, as such, are straining and demanding as they are, but this additional burden is unnecessary exhaustion. Students have gone on to demand total cancellation of exams and urge authorities to make a conclusive decision.
Following the uncertainties, Public Interest Litigation(PILs) have been filed in the Supreme Court by Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai with the plea including one-month postponement, opt-out facility, and a reduction of 1 year from the tenure of Articleship due to the delay in conducting the exam.
The situation has been no better for students appearing for 12th boards under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA). CBSE finally decided to cancel its exam on June 1, while SEBA-AHSEC hasn’t been able to arrive at a conclusion yet. The Assam Cabinet has said they might opt for a final decision on board exams on June 18. After multiple such discussions have already taken place, this news brings little hope.