Due to the increasingly growing number of COVID cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in consultation with the Education Minister and other top officials, decided to postpone the Class 12 board exams and cancel the Class 10 exams.
On June 1, a decision will be made, and details will be released after that. Before the new exam dates, students will be given at least 15 days’ notice.
As for the students of Class 10, the results will be prepared on the basis of an ‘Objective Criterion‘ which the authorities will develop. Any such candidate who is not completely satisfied with the marks allocated on this basis will be given a chance to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are favorable to conduct the exams. CBSE developed a new scheme for Class 10 students last year as well. According to the meeting, there could be a uniform policy or set of guidelines for board exams across states, as several state ministers have demanded.
Earlier, the Delhi CM tweeted, “6 lakh children in Delhi will write the CBSE Exams. Nearly 1 lakh teachers will be a part of this. These can become significant hotspots leading to a large-scale spreading of coronavirus. The life of children and their health is essential.
PM Modi stated, “The students’ well-being has to be the top priority for the government.” He also noted that the Centre would keep in mind the students’ interests, ensuring their health was taken care of while their academic interests were not harmed. The Covid cases have been rising across the country in the second wave. Today, India has recorded almost 1,84,372 new coronavirus cases in a single day, with 1 027 deaths.
The government’s decision to cancel the 10th-grade exam is a huge relief, but a final decision on Class 12 is still awaited. However, the government and its allies have advised the centres to postpone the exams to protect millions of students from disease.