New Delhi: The CBSE has decided to postpone Class 12 exams and cancelled Class 10 exams, the Education Ministry said on Wednesday. The decision was taken due to the rising Covid-19 cases across the country.
The decision was taken after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the situation.During the meeting, “the Prime Minister 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 at the same time their academic interests are not harmed,” said the statement.Both exams were scheduled to be held from May 4 to June 14. With Class 12 results being the basis for admission into higher education institutions, it has been decided to postpone the exams. The CBSE will review the situation on June 1. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations, said the Ministry statement.
For Class 10 students, 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 allocated marks will be allowed to write an exam as and when conditions are conducive, said the Ministry.
Schools have been shut down in 11 States due to the second wave of the pandemic. For many classes, schools have not reopened since the initial shut down of March, 2020. At least four State education boards scheduled to hold examinations in April have announced postponement.
“Unlike State Boards, the CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” said the Ministry. However, no guidelines were given for State board exams through the country, as had been demanded by some States.