Written by Ashwin Dewan and published on 01 June 2021.
After much deliberation, the Centre has cancelled the board exams for class 12, while class 10 board exams have already been cancelled. Read on to know more
After months of speculation and uncertainty, a decision has been taken by the Centre on the CBSE class 12 board exams. In view of the existing situation with COVID-19 not showing signs of slowing down and feedback obtained from the stakeholders, it has been decided that the class 12 board exams would not be held this year. Accordingly, the CBSE will take steps to compile results of class 12 students as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner. The ICSE class 12 board exams have also been cancelled.
Prime Minister Modi said that the decision on class 12 CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students. He stated that COVID-19 had affected the academic calendar and the issue of the board exams had been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which had to be put to an end.
The Prime Minister stressed that the health and safety of the students were of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect. He said that in today’s time, such exams cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk.
This decision comes as a huge relief to the students and parents who have been demanding the cancellation of exams for some time now in view of the rising cases of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The decision to cancel the class 12 board exams was taken after a meeting that was attended by Union Ministers of Home, Defence, Finance, Commerce, Information & Broadcasting, Petroleum and Women & Child Development Ministries and Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary & Secretaries of School Education & Higher Education Departments & other officials.
Prime Minister Modi had earlier held a high-level meeting on May 21, which was attended by ministers and officials. Thereafter, a meeting under the Chairmanship of Union Defence Minister was held on May 23, which was attended by the Education Ministers of States. Various options for the conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the States and Union Territories (UTs).
Below is the press release of the cancellation
Earlier this year, on April 14, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the class 10 board exams had been cancelled while class 12 exams had been postponed. This huge announcement followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Education Minister Pokhriyal Nishank and other top officers. In the meeting, PM Modi had said, "The well-being of students has to be the top priority for the government".
|If some students wish to take the CBSE class 12 exam, they will get an opportunity as and when the situation is conducive for holding an exam.|
|CBSE class 12 results will be made as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.|
|Average marks of the last three internal exams conducted by schools will be calculated.|
|ICSE board exams have also been cancelled.|