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New Delhi, Apr 14 : The Union Ministry of Education on Wednesday postponed Class XIIth CBSE board examination and cancelled Class Xth exams in view of COVID-19 situation, closure of schools and safety and the well-being of the students.
The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) for Classes Xth and XIIth were scheduled to begin from May 4.
The decision was taken in a high-level meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As per an official release, for Class XIIth examinations, the situation will be again reviewed on June 1 by the CBSE and notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.
In the case of Class Xth, the results 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 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 release said.
Mr Modi, in the meeting also attended by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, reiterated that the well-being of the students has to be the top priority for the Government.
The meeting came against the backdrop of demand by several students, parents, teachers, academicians, politicians and others, to either cancel or postponed the examinations.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the Union government’s decision to cancel CBSE class 10 board exams and postpone class 12 exams amid Covid-19 surge, saying it will provide a great relief to lakhs of students and their parents.
In a tweet, Mr Kejriwal said, “I am glad that the exams have been cancelled/postponed. This is a great relief for lakhs of students & their parents.”
The Delhi Chief Minister on Tuesday had appealed to the Central government to cancel CBSE boardexams and introduce alternatives, to ensure the safety of the children in the country, since these examination centres can become COVID-19 hotspots.
The Covid-19 pandemic had severely affected the board examinations last year as well. Due to the closure of schools and subsequent lockdown in March, examinations for some subjects were not conducted and later cancelled. Marks were calculated on the basis of students’ performance in the completed papers, using an assessment scheme approved by the Supreme Court and results announced in July 2020.