Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Centre decided to cancel the CBSE Board Class XII examinations this year in view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders.. The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
The Class XII results will be made as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.
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.
The Prime Minister said the decision on Class XII CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students. He added health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect.
He stated that COVID-19 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.
PM said that the Covid 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. PM said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.
Referring to the wide consultative process, PM expressed appreciation that a student friendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. He also thanked the States for providing feedback on this issue.
The Prime Minister had earlier held a high-level meeting on May 21 which was attended by Ministers and officials. Thereafter a meeting under the Chairmanship of Union Defence Minister was held on May 23 which was attended by the Education Minsters of States. Various options for conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the States and UTs.
Today’s meeting was attended by Union Ministers of Home, Defence, Finance, Commerce, Information & Broadcasting, Petroleum and Women & Child Development Ministries and Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary & Secretaries of School Education & Higher Education Departments & other officials.