Class 12 board exams have been deferred and Class 10 exams have been cancelled because of a nationwide Covid surge that had led to parents, students, politicians and various states demanding that the exams be scrapped. The big announcement followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting this afternoon with the Education Minister and top officers.
The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) exams for Class 12, which were to be held from May 4 to June 14, have been postponed, said Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in tweets. A decision will be taken on them on June 1, he said, adding that students will have at least 15 days’ notice before the new exam dates.
1. The Board Exams for Class XIIth to be held from May 4th to June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed. These exams will be held hereafter.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 14, 2021
On the Class 10 exams that were cancelled, the minister said the results would be prepared “on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board” and students not satisfied with their marks would be given the chance to take the exams whenever they can be held.
PM Modi said in the meeting that “the well-being of students has to be the top priority for the government”, according to a statement.
He reportedly also said the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of students, ensuring their health was taken care of while their academic interests were not harmed.
Covid cases have been spiraling across the country in the deadly second wave of infections. This morning, India recorded 1,84,372 new coronavirus infections in the highest single-day rise so far, with 1,027 deaths.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh had also urged the centre to cancel the exams to prevent millions of students being exposed to infection.
The India Wide Parents Association had pointed out in a letter that teachers and students had not been vaccinated yet and there was a higher chance of infection among them.
66CommentsRecently, over a lakh students had signed petitions urging the government to either cancel board exams or conduct them online. Source NDTV