At a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was decided that due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Class 12 examinations of the CBSE would be postponed, while the Class 10 examinations have been cancelled. The decision was announced by the Education Minister on Wednesday.
CBSE will review the situation on 1 June. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations, said the Ministry statement. Both examinations were scheduled to be held from 4 May to 14 June.
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 examination as and when conditions are conducive, the Ministry said.
During the meeting, PM Modi reiterated that the well-being of students has to be the top priority for the government. He also stated that 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.
“We had hoped that the situation would get better and we’d be able to conduct the examinations on 4 May, but that has not happened. We are committed to not letting the future of our students go astray, but we also have a responsibility towards their well-being,” said Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had all appealed to the Centre to cancel the examinations in the wake of the massive spike in coronavirus cases across the country.