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Education Ministry Postpones Class 12 CBSE Board Examinations, Cancels Class 10 Board Examinations

The Union Education Ministry has decided to postpone CBSE Class 12 Board Examinations. They have also chosen to cancel the CBSE Class 10th Board Examinations. This is due to rising COVID-19 cases across the nation.

On 14th April 2021, the Education Ministry has taken the decision to cancel class 10 exams. This is because of the rising COVID-19 cases across the country. This decision is accompanied by the postponement of class 12 board examinations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was consulted on this decision. The Ministry is stating that it will review the situation on June 1. They will decide fresh dates and make an announcement at least two weeks before the start of the exam.

Approximately, more than 30 lakh students appear for class 10th and 12th CBSE board exams every year. Around 1.84 lakh new cases have been testified in the last 24 hours in the country. Considering this, the CBSE exams scheduled for the next month were a rather dubious stance.

From the last month, there was a mounting pressure over the Centre to postpone the CBSE Board exams. Previously, the sources of The Indian Express in the Education Ministry were stating that holding examinations on time seems difficult, keeping the COVID surge in mind. CBSE’s offline examinations were to begin on 4th May 2021.

Leaders such as Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi have been advocating the centre to postpone the exams. Numerous parents, students, civic societies alongside state governments were part of the lobby making pleas to the Union regarding the re-scheduling of the offline CBSE boards exams. They spoke about how it can rather be a dangerous decision. The Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has previously written to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. He was pointing to the prevailing situation. He reiterates that it is only appropriate to postpone class 10 and 12 board examinations.

This decision of the Union has invited many outlooks upon it. The Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, expressed relief over the status quo decision regarding the postponing/cancellation of the corresponding exams. The Bollywood actor and philanthropist, Sonu Sood expressed his elated sentiments via a tweet. Sood has been consistently tweeting in favour of the cancellation of board exams due to rising coronavirus cases across the country.

The results of the Class 10th Board will be prepared based on 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 allowed to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams.

as stated by the Education Ministry in a press release

The government of Maharashtra has also decided to impose strict restrictions from today evening. They have deferred the HSC, SSC exam dates, considering the COVID cases rise in the state. The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education has simultaneously postponed the examinations of Classes 10 and 12 because of a spike in COVID-19 cases. This has been done along with the exams of the high school, higher secondary and diploma in pre-school education (vocational course). These were previously to begin on April 30 and May 1.

Previously on 13th April 2021 (Tuesday), a Delhi education department official commented in a press conference. They said that in the current scenario, it is unlikely that the exams will be held. They said, “It has been extremely difficult for students and the entire teaching-learning has been conducted through new alternate means. In this case, the rigid insistence on conducting the exams in the old way, and that too amid the steepest rise in cases is hard to understand.”

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