Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 14
In view of the increasing Covid cases in the country, the Union Education Ministry on Wednesday cancelled the CBSE Class-10 exams and postponed the CBSE Class-12 exams.
The exams were scheduled to begin on May 4.
The education board would review the situation on June 1, it was said in an official statement. A notice of at least 15 days would be given before the start of the examination, the statement said.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and key officials.
According to the statement, Modi said the well-being of students is the top priority of the government. He said the Centre would ensure that the health of students is taken care of and their academic interests are not harmed.
The result of Class 10 will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be devised 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, the statement said.
Owing to the increasing Covid cases, schools have been shut in 11 states.
Unlike state boards, the CBSE has an all-India character, and, therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country. Looking at the present situation and also taking into account the safety of the students, the decision was taken, it said.
Glad the government has finally cancelled the 10th standard exams however a final decision MUST be taken for the 12th grade too. Keeping students under undue pressure until June makes no sense.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) April 14, 2021
It’s unfair. I urge the government to decide now.#cancelboardexam2021
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