New Delhi: Amid the growing chorus for cancellation of CBSE board examinations due to the record spike in Covid-19 cases in India, the government has decided to postpone the CBSE Class 12 board exams and cancel the Class 10 exams.
The decision was taken in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, School and Higher Education Secretaries and other top officials were present. He said that the government has postponed Class 12 examinations till May 30. The board will issue a revised schedule for Class 12 board exams on June 1.
“The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled. The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry of Education said in a press note.
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
The decision has been taken in response to the nationwide calls to cancel the CBSE board exams by the state ministers and the board exam students. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to cancel the CBSE board exams 2021 and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to the Centre requesting their postponement. Earlier, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi had also urged the central government to cancel the CBSE 2021 exams.
Students had been campaigning online for the cancellation of CBSE board exams. They are demanding cancellation of offline papers or a postponement for now. While many suggested replacing upcoming board exams with online assignments, others had demanded that the board exams be held in an online mode. Over two lakh students had signed an online petition demanding cancellation of board exams.
The state ministers had supported the students' request to postpone the CBSE board exams. CitySpidey asked some question from the educationists on the government's decision.
While talking to the Principal of Queen’s Valley School, Dwarka, Namita Sharma, she said, “This new strain of Covid is actually affecting the youth and as a principal our duty is to keep our children safe. It’s a good decision by the government.”
Cityspidey also talked to Manosij Banerjee, educationist, he said, “Considering the spread of Covid-19, the decision of cancelling class 10 board exams is most appropriate. Students should be protected on priority. Let our children be safe first.”
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