Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has announced the cancellation of the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) Class 10th board examination today. Besides, the Class 12th board exam of CBSE has also been postponed. As per the minister, further information regarding the Class 12 CBSE exam will be announced later while the Class 10th board results will be created on the basis of objective criterion developed by the board.
In light of the COVID-19 scenario, this decision of exam cancellation and postponement is taken following a very high-level meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Class 10th and Class 12th board exams were supposed to be started from May 4 onwards.
CBSE has earlier announced the timetable for the final board exam and also mentioned that all the necessary safety measures will be taken by the board due to this current ongoing pandemic situation. There were no suggestions or mention regarding the exam cancellation or postponement.
However, as the number of COVID cases are rising again, many students, parents, celebs, and teachers took to Twitter and various social media sites to urge the board to cancel the board examinations for the academic year 2021 -22. They used a common hashtag on Twitter named ‘#cancelcbseboardexams2021’.
Following the announcement of the Union Education Minister, Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter to write, "Glad the government has finally cancelled the 10th standard exams however a final decision MUST be taken for the 12th grade too. Keeping students under undue pressure until June makes no sense. It’s unfair. I urge the government to decide now."
Meanwhile, this CBSE board exam update has worried the students or parents of the ICSE board. Students and parents of the ICSE board are also expecting that the exams will be postponed by CISCE. The decision is yet to be taken by the authorities.