CBSE postpones class 10, 12 board exams in view of coronavirus; to be rescheduled after 31 March
'While maintenance of academic calendar and exam schedule is important, equally important is safety and security of students,' says HRD Secretary
New Delhi: The Indian government on Wednesday ordered cancellation of all exams, including CBSE board and the joint entrance exam (JEE) of the IITs in the wake of spreading coronavirus in the country.
The Ministry of Human Resources Development issued a directive to all education regulators and central-run CBSE to postpone the exams and evaluation of papers for the time being to maintain required precautions. Mint has seen the order.
"Since JEE main may require travel by examinees...and the dates may clash with rescheduled CBSE and other board exams, therefore JEE main should be rescheduled and new dates of the JEE mains will be announced on 31.3.2020 after reassessment of the situation," stated the order issued by the HRD Secretary Amit Khare. "While maintenance of academic calendar and exam schedule is important, equally important is safety and security of students who are appearing in various examinations as also of their teachers and parents," Khare said in the official communication.
With this order all universities exams, the ongoing CBSE board exam for class 10 and 12, national open school exam and JEE main exam stand postponed till further orders.
The government has asked authorities to communicate with students and institutions on the development and update them regularly.
More than a dozen states have closed schools and colleges and others are expected to follow suit as India reports at least 151 cases of Covid-19.