New Delhi: In the wake of the massive second Covid-19 wave across the country, the Ministry of Education has decided to postpone the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 board exams and cancel Class 10 exams that were scheduled from next month.
The decision was taken Wednesday after a high-level meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official statement from the ministry read.
New dates for the exam have not been announced so far.
The government will review the situation once again on 1 June to take a call on the revised dates. The ministry has assured students that an advance notice of at least 15 days will be given before the revised schedule.
“The Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4th to June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed. 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,” the statement said.
Class X papers cancelled
On cancellation of Class 10 exams, the ministry said, “The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled.”
The results of Class 10 board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the board, the statement 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.
Students health top priority, says PM
The high-level meet chaired by the PM was attended by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, principal secretary to the PM, cabinet secretary, school and higher education secretaries and other top officials.
According to the statement, the PM reiterated that the well-being of the students has to be the top priority for the government. He also said the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of the students and ensure that their health is taken care of and at the same time their academic interests are not harmed.
The officials also discussed various aspects of the pandemic and why the exams should be rescheduled. “Unlike state boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the statement said.
Students across the country had been demanding that the exams be postponed in the wake of the pandemic. This is the second year in a row that CBSE board exams have been disrupted because of Covid.