Cancellation of Class 12 CBSE and ICSE Board Exams 2021
By Asmita Kundu
Class 12 board exams will not be held this year for CBSE and CISCE students, according to a meeting of high-profile ministers from the Narendra Modi government. The meeting was presided over by the PM and attended by Union Ministers of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Defence Rajnath Singh.
Due to the uncertain conditions caused by COVID and the feedback received from various stakeholders, it was decided that the Class 12th Board Exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that the CBSE would take steps to compile the results of Class 12 students in a timely manner based on well-defined objective criteria.
The PM Stated: “Government of India has decided to cancel the Class XII CBSE Board Exams. After extensive consultations, we have taken a decision that is student-friendly, one that safeguards the health as well as future of our youth.”
The CBSE and CISCE will now release the assessment criteria. According to the government, it will be a "well-defined" and "objective" method that will produce timely results. CISCE and CBSE schools were recently asked to submit data on the performance of class 12 students in classes 11, 10, and 9. The final class 12 marks are expected to be calculated based on internal exam performance and previous three-year performance. However, a final decision is yet to be taken regarding this matter.
Union Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ took to Twitter to announce the news as well. He wrote: “To ensure safety & security of students, teachers & parents and to put an end to anxiety in the minds of class XII students, in a meeting chaired by Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji, it was decided to issue CBSE results based on well-defined criteria.
“I wish all the students the very best in their careers. I would like to reiterate safety and career of students as of paramount importance for Honourable Modi Ji's Government,” he further added.
The Prime Minister stated that the decision on CBSE Class 12 exams was made in the best interests of students. He stated that COVID-19 has disrupted the academic calendar and that the issue of Class 12 board exams has caused enormous anxiety among students, parents, and teachers, which must be addressed.