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CBSE cancels Class 10 exams, postpones Class 12 as India’s 2nd Covid wave worsens: 10 points

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 examinations has been cancelled and Class 12 examinations have been postponed over the second wave of Covid-19 in India worsening every day. Top developments:

UPDATED: April 14, 2021 16:04 IST

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled the Class 10 examinations and postponed Class 12 examinations at a time when the country is witnessing a second wave of coronavirus cases across states.

The Education Ministry on Wednesday announced that CBSE has cancelled the Class 10 exams and postponed Class 12 exams. The announcement was made after PM Modi held a meeting with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Wednesday.

CBSE EXAMS CANCELLED/POSTPONED: TOP DEVELOPMENTS

1 The decision to cancel the CBSE examinations was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Soon after the meeting, it was announced that the Class 10 CBSE exams for 2021 stand cancelled while the Class 12 exams have been postponed.

2 The CBSE examinations were scheduled to begin on May 4. Earlier on Wednesday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had appealed to the Centre to cancel the board examinations in view of the massive surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.

3 Making the announcement, the Education Ministry said, “The board exams for Class 10 are cancelled. The result will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion developed by the board.” Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks will be given an opportunity to sit for exams when the situation is conducive.

4 The ministry further said, “The Class 12 exams have been postponed and a review of the situation will be done after June 1. Students will be given at least a 15-day notice before the exams are conducted.”

5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, secretary and other officials to discuss the CBSE exams issue before the decision to cancel and postpone the CBSE exams were made.

6 Sources said that during the meeting, officials had suggested that the board exams should be postponed in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country. However, after listening to the suggestions, PM Modi said that students have already suffered much in the pandemic and the Class 10 exams should be cancelled while the Class 12 exams should be postponed.

7 Reacting to the announcement, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “I am glad that the exams have been cancelled/postponed. This is a great relief for lakhs of students and their parents.”

8 Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said, “I am happy that Class 10 exams are being cancelled and dates are being rescheduled for class 12 exams. Like Class 10 students, I appeal to the government to promote Class 12 students on the basis of internal assessment.”

9 Apart from CBSE, the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education has postponed the examinations of Classes 10 and 12. The MP Board exams of the high school, higher secondary and diploma in pre-school education (vocational course) were scheduled to begin from April 30 and May 1. Now, the exams are likely to be conducted from the first week of June.

10 India on Wednesday recorded the highest-ever spike in coronavirus cases with a record 1.84 lakh fresh cases in 24 hours. The daily death toll also went past 1,000 and India’s current case tally now stands at 1,38,73,825.

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