Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country, there will be no examinations for CBSE Class 12 students this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. He stated that the choice was made in the best interests of the pupils.
“The health and safety of our students are of the highest concern, and there will be no compromise on this front,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated in a statement.
“Anxiety among children, parents, and instructors, which must be alleviated… Students should not be forced to take exams in such a stressful situation. All parties must be sensitive to the needs of pupils “It was stated.
Within minutes following CBSE’s announcement, the Council for Indian School Certificate announced that its Class 12 Board Exams for this year had also been cancelled. The Prime Minister’s decision came at the conclusion of a critical discussion on the subject today. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, and representatives from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) were present at the meeting.
According to the PMO, CBSE would now take initiatives to compile the results of Class 12 students based on well-defined objective criteria in a fair manner.
“It has been determined that any student who is dissatisfied with the evaluation will be given the chance to appear in the test by CBSE as and when the circumstance becomes favourable,” according to a CBSE announcement.
The decision to cancel the test this year comes only two days before a Supreme Court hearing on the subject, during which the Centre is set to file its response to a petition demanding just this. The court had rescheduled the hearing until June 3 after the Centre requested more time to make a judgement on May 31.
Previously, on May 23, CBSE recommended conducting the test between July 15 and August 26. It also proposed two alternatives: regular tests in 19 key courses at designated centres and shorter-duration tests at the students’ schools. Following that meeting, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal stated that the majority of states voiced support for organising the exam.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the CBSE’s decision today, calling it a vital step toward ensuring the safety of children throughout the nation. In a tweet, he expressed “heartfelt thanks of all students and guardians to the esteemed Prime Minister.” Previously, Uttar Pradesh cancelled the state board’s Class X examinations and recommended holding the Class XII examinations in the second week of July.