Amid growing chorus for cancellation of CBSE board exams due to record rise in Covid-19 cases in India, government decided to postpone CBSE class 12 board exams and cancel class 10 exams.
The decision was taken at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, school and higher education secretaries and other senior officials.
The Minister of Trade Union Education informed after the meeting that the board exams for class 12 which will be held from May 4 to June 14, 2021 have been postponed. The situation will be reviewed on June 1, 2021 by the Board and details will be shared later. At least 15 days notice will be given before the start of the exams.
He added that the jury’s exams for Class 10 which will be held from May 4 to June 14, 2021 have been canceled. The results of the class 10 council will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the council. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks assigned to him on this basis will have the opportunity to sit for an examination as and when conditions allow.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister reaffirmed that the welfare of students must be the top priority of the government. He also said the Center will keep the best interests of students in mind and ensure that their health is taken care of at the same time that their academic interests are not harmed.
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Several students, academics and politicians have called for board exams to be canceled amid growing cases of COVID-19.
The Chief Minister of the Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, also wrote to the Center asking for the postponement of the council’s reviews. Citing the increase in cases, Singh said quite understandably, “The steady increase in COVID-19 cases in most states across the country has created a sense of great dread and angst among students and parents concerning the Council examinations for grades 10 and 12. ” Also in the Punjab, the state government receives requests from various quarters asking for the postponement of the Council’s reviews by the State Council as well as by the CBSE and ICSE, he added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the Center to cancel CBSE board reviews amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the nation’s capital.
India reported the highest peak in COVID-19 cases on record in a single day with more than 1.84 lakh in new cases and more than 1,000 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry Union, Wednesday.