New Delhi: A national consultation was arranged today by the Ministry of Education with the Education Ministers and Administrators of all States and UTs. The consultation was chaired by the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
It may be mentioned that a high-level meeting was held on May 21, 2021 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister with nine Union Cabinet Ministers and senior officials to discuss about the conduct of Board exams for Class XII and All India Entrance Exams.
The Minister of Education said keeping in view the present circumstances we decided to cancel the CBSE Board examinations of Class X and evaluate through internal assessment but Class-XII examinations are very important to decide the future of a student.
He said that this meeting was called to enable the Central and State Boards and other examination agencies to be able to examine various options available in the present challenging circumstances through a consultation process.
The discussions were held around two themes, i.e, board exams to be conducted for Class XII by the Central Board of Secondary Education and other State Boards and the All-India Entrance examinations for various higher education institutions and professional courses. Various options regarding the methodology, process, duration and timings of the exams were discussed.
While a broad consensus was there, however, it was decided that States and UTs may like to further examine the matter and send their feedback in writing by the May 25,2021.
Earlier on April 14, the Central Board of Secondary Education had notified that Class XII exams have been postponed and that further information with regard to Class XII board exams would be given to students by the June 1. In this context, following the consultative meeting with the States and UTs today, the Government of India will examine the suggestions received from the State Governments this week and convey further information in this regard to the students by or before the June 1, 2021.