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New Delhi:  The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) exams for Class 12, which were to be held from May 4 to June 14, have been postp...

New Delhi: 
The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) exams for Class 12, which were to be held from May 4 to June 14, have been postponed. A decision would be taken on June 1, he said. Students would get at least 15 days' notice before the exams. The Class 10 exams have been cancelled and the results would be prepared "on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board". Any student not satisfied with their marks would be given the chance to take the exam when conditions would allow them he added.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the rising Corona cases. The meeting was attended by Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', the education secretary and other top officials.

According to the official statement, the Prime Minister said that the government 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.

Noting that the pandemic is seeing a resurgence in many regions of the country, with a few states affected more than others, officials said that schools have been shut in 11 states. "Unlike state boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country," the statement read. The exams were originally scheduled for May and June.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were among those who had urged the Centre to cancel the exams to prevent millions of students from being exposed to infection.

Kejriwal, pointing to the alarming rise in virus cases in Delhi, said on Tuesday: "Six lakh students in the city will appear for board exams. One lakh teachers will be on duty. Conducting board exams can lead to largescale spread of coronavirus... alternative methods of assessment can be explored. Students can be promoted on basis of either online exams or internal assessment. The board exams should be cancelled."

On Wednesday morning, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also asked the Centre to defer the exams. 

A body of parents had also written to the PM requesting that students be assessed internally instead of having to sit for exams physically. The India Wide Parents Association pointed out in their letter that many teachers and students had not been vaccinated yet so there was a higher chance of infection among them. Over a lakh students had also signed petitions urging the government to either cancel the board exams or conduct them online. (Agencies)


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