New Delhi (NVI): The Education Ministry has decided to postpone the CBSE class 12 exams and cancel class 10 exams, amid mounting pressure on the Centre to postpone these exams amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken at a meeting between the Education Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the examinations to be held at various levels in view of the developing Covid-19 situation. An overview was given on the class 10 and 12 board exams to be held from next month.
On the basis of the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, and also taking in account the safety and well-being of the students, it was decided that CBSE board exams for Class 10 will be postponed form class 12 and cancelled for class 10.
“The Board Exams for Class XIIth to be held from May 4th to June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed,” The Education Ministry said in a statement regarding postponement of class 12 exams.
“These exams will be held hereafter. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board, and details will be shared subsequently. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations,” it added.
“The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled,” the Ministry said for class 10 exams.
The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board, it said. 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, it added.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister reiterated that the well being of the students has to be the top priority for the Government. He also stated that the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of the students and ensure that their health is taken care of at the same time their academic interests are not harmed, the Health Ministry said.
“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, School and Higher Education Secretaries and other top officials attended the meeting.