In a relief to parents and students, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced that CBSE Class 10 board exams have been cancelled and the Class 12 exams are postponed. The decision was taken after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
“Board exams for Class 10 students are cancelled, and class 12 are postponed. The CBSE will develop an objective criterion based on which the Board would prepare the results for Class 10 students. For class 12, the board exams will take place later. The Board will review the Covid-19 situation on June 1,” the Ministry of Education informed.
As India began witnessing a second Covid-19 wave, many parents, students and politicians have asked the Centre to cancel or postpone the exams. Students and teachers lives would be at risk if the boards proceeded. India has been reporting over one lakh cases daily and holding the board exams during this period was a bad idea.
The Union Education Minister informed that the CBSE will promote Class 10 students based on internal assessment. “If a student is not satisfied with the assessment, then he/she can appear for the exam once the Covid-19 is normal,” Ramesh Pokhriyal told a leading news agency.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged the Centre to postpone the board exams amid the Covid-19 surge. In a letter, Singh informed that postponing the boards will help the Centre and the state to plan and conduct the exams once the situation improves.