- The CBSE board and the Ministry of Education have decided to cancel the class 10 exam and postpone the class 12 exam.
- The decision was taken in the meeting chaired by PM Modi in which Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and other top officials were present.
- The Class 10 board’s results will be based on objective criteria defined by the board.
Class 10 board exams have been cancelled, while Class 12 board exams have been postponed. The results of the Class 10 board will be based on objective criteria defined by the board. Before the beginning of the papers, students in Class 12 will be given a new date sheet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and other senior education officials on May 4 to address the CBSE board exams, which were scheduled to begin on May 4.
1. The Board Exams for Class XIIth to be held from May 4th to June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed. These exams will be held hereafter.— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 14, 2021
The decision was made in response to state ministers and board exam students around the country calling for the CBSE board exams to be cancelled. Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, has urged the Centre to cancel the CBSE board exams 2021, while Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to the Centre requesting that it should be postponed. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, both members of the Congress, had previously urged the central government to cancel the CBSE 2021 exams.
2. The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled. The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board.— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 14, 2021
Students had been petitioning for the cancellation of CBSE board exams on the internet. They wanted the offline papers to be cancelled or postponed for the time being. Although some proposed that upcoming board exams be replaced with online assignments, others insisted that the exams be conducted online. Over two lakh students have signed an online petition calling for the board exams to be cancelled.
The students’ appeal to postpone the CBSE Board exams was backed by state ministers.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, and his deputy, Manish Sisodia, have also requested the Centre to cancel the exams, claiming that the exam centres could become COVID-19 hotspots or super spreader events. Alternative assessment methods had been requested by them.
Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena wrote to the education ministry, demanding that the government to adopt a national consensus and probably reschedule CBSE and other board exams.