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CBSE Class 12 board exams 2021 cancelled; anxiety among students must end, says PM Modi

PM Modi has declared the cancellation of class 12 board exams this year due to the pandemic situation.Premium
PM Modi has declared the cancellation of class 12 board exams this year due to the pandemic situation.

  • Class 12 board exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been cancelled
  • 'Health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect,' PM Narendra Modi said during the key meet on Tuesday

Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the CBSE class 12 exams have been cancelled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced after chairing a crucial meeting on Class 12 board exams today evening.

PM Modi said that the decision on the Class 12 CBSE board exams had been taken in the interest of students due to the uncertain situation created due to the pandemic. The Prime Minister was briefed about all the possible options for Class 12 students.

A review meeting was held on today from 5:30 pm to discuss the fate of the CBSE and other state board exams amidst the pandemic. Officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including the state governments.

Class 12 results on well-defined objective criteria

During the key meet of PM Modi with Union Ministers and other officials, it was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of Class 12 students as per a "well-defined objective criteria" in a time-bound manner.

"Class XII results will be made as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner," the PM said.

What PM Modi said on class 12th board exams 2021

PM Narendra Modi has declared the cancellation of class 12 board exams this year due to the pandemic situation. In a tweet, he wrote, "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 Prime Minister also said that the decision on Class 12 CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students. He stated that coronavirus has affected the academic calendar and the issue of Board Exams has been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end.

"The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect," the PM said. He said in today’s time, such examinations cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk.

"Students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation," PM Modi said, adding that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students.

Referring to the wide consultative process, PM Modi expressed appreciation that a student-friendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. The PM also thanked the states for providing feedback on this issue.

PM Modi also said the prevailing Covid-19 situation is a dynamic situation across the country. While the numbers are coming down in the country and some states are managing the situation through effective micro-containment, some states have still opted for a lockdown. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation.

It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.

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Delhi CM on Class 12 board exam cancellation

I am glad 12th exams have been cancelled. All of us were very worried abt the health of our children. A big relief: Arvind Kejriwal

Welcome the decision to cancel Class 12 exams: Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia welcomes the decision to cancel the Class 12 CBSE exams. The minister who also holds the Education portfolio said: "Students should be evaluated on the basis of their past performances."

CBSE class 12 board examinations cancelled

CBSE Class 12 Board exam exams cancelled for this year: Govt statement after PM Modi's review meeting

PM Modi chairs crucial meet on Class 12 Board Examinations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs an important meeting regarding the prospect of Class 12 Board Examinations on Tuesday evening. Along with PM Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairman are also present at the key meeting.

Modi chairs an important meeting regarding Class 12 Board Examinations.
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Modi chairs an important meeting regarding Class 12 Board Examinations. (ANI)

Earlier today, sources have said that PM Modi will be briefed on all possible options, as a result of the extensive discussions with all states and other stakeholders regarding the prospect of Class 12 Board Examinations.

#cancelboardexams2021 trends on Twitter

#cancelboardexams2021 has been trending on Twitter for quite some time now. Amid growing uncertainty over Class 12 board exams, students have continued to demand the cancellation of 12th board exams amid the ongoing Covid-19 situation in India.

Vaccination before exams, demand Delhi CM Kejriwal

Joining the chorus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has again asked the government to cancel the Class 12 board examinations and evaluate students on basis of past performance.

However, the Delhi CM has once again reiterated his demand for "vaccination before exams". Kejriwal demanded that all the students should be vaccinated before appearing for the board examination.

PM Modi calls important meeting today evening

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an important meeting regarding Class 12 Board Examinations today evening. The PM will be briefed on all possible options, as a result of the extensive discussions with all states and other stakeholders.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an important meeting regarding Class 12 Board Examinations, this evening. He will be briefed on all possible options, as a result of the extensive discussions with all states and other stakeholders," the Government of India sources told news agency ANI.

Ramesh Pokhriyal admitted to AIIMS

Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank admitted to AIIMS due to post COVID complications today: AIIMS officials.

According to AIIMS officials, Pokhriyal was brought to the hospital at 11:30 am on Tuesday morning.

The education Minister had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 21.

Priyanka Vadra advocates not holding Class 12 board exams

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has written to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and advocated not holding Class 12 board exams amid the pandemic, saying children will be subjected to great injustice if they are pushed into circumstances that endanger their lives.

RSS-affiliated body urges PM to ensure exam is held

An RSS-affiliated body on education on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to ensure that the Class 12 Board Exam 2021 is held. The affiliated body suggested various options including changing the pattern to objective and allowing students to solve question papers at home etc.

Decision to be communicated to Supreme Court

On Monday, the Centre informed the Supreme Court it will take a final decision within the next two days on whether to conduct class 12 board exams amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBSE proposal on 12th exam

The CBSE had proposed conducting the exams between July 15-August 26 and the result to be declared in September.

FICCI demands cancellation of Class 12 exams

FICCI has written to the central government to cancel the Class 12 exams, cautioning that the current situation due to COVID-19 is not conducive for conducting a physical examination.

CBSE had cancelled the 10th exam

The CBSE had on April 14 announced the cancellation of class 10 exams and postponement of class 12 exams in view of the surge in coronavirus cases.

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