Covid-19: Centre cancels CBSE Class 12 exams, CISCE follows suit

To allay the uncertainty about the Class 12 board exams, a high-profile review by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE exams due to the Covid-19 statewide scandal that has liberated many students and their parents and teachers. The Indian School Certification Examination Council, an independent board that conducts Class 12 ISC examinations, has followed suit.

The official release means that the Prime Minister has held that the health and safety of students is paramount and there will be no compromise on this and it is necessary to end the tensions between students, parents and teachers.

The government in early April canceled the CBSE Class 10 exams. According to board sources, the Class 12 results will reflect the “well-defined criteria” set by the Class 10 board in which tests will be based on student marks in various tests and tests conducted during the year. “Among other things, it is used to determine whether the tests should be based on performance in the last three class tests (9, 10, 11) or given a certain level of Class 10 board results and internal Class 12 tests. The conditions will be announced in a few days,” the CBSE chief executive said.

“The Indian government has decided to suspend the CBSE board of Class 12 exams. After much deliberation, we have taken a decision that is in favor of the students, which protects the health and future of our youth,” the PM said. Approximately 21.5 lakh enrolled for Class 10 exams while enrolling 14 lakh students for those in Class 12.

Covid-19: Centre cancels CBSE Class 12 exams, CISCE follows suit
Covid-19: Centre cancels CBSE Class 12 exams, CISCE follows suit

Meanwhile, CISCE Secretary Gerry Arathoon said: “These tests have been canceled. Other alternatives will be announced soon.”

While some of the exam tests have not yet been finalized by the board, CBSE sources said they are expected to be in the same lines as those announced by Class 10 which looks at student performance in various tests and examinations through the year.

It was also decided at the meeting that in the event that other students want to write exams, that will give them the opportunity to take the exams.

‘A well-thought-out decision’

Acknowledging the decision, Ashok Pandey, director, Ahlcon Group of Schools, said: “Under these circumstances, intermediate tests were no longer available. In view of the trauma children have experienced and the threat of infection and the lack of vaccines for students do not build self-confidence. by the government and I am pleased that the Prime Minister has called for a transparent and equitable and timely and comprehensive assessment process. “

At the review meeting, officials presented a detailed presentation of the extensive and comprehensive consultations conducted so far with the views received from all stakeholders, including the national governments.

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal, who was inducted into AIIMS due to problems with Covid earlier in the day, wrote on Twitter: “I wish all students the best in their careers.

Delhi Congressman from Delhi Mukesh Sharma, who and students have been demanding the suspension of the exams, said: “It is a student victory. I am happy that the uncertainty is over.”

Student groups such as Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Students Students Organization of India and NSUI also welcomed the government’s decision to suspend the exams.

The SIO said in a statement: “Delays in decision-making have created unnecessary uncertainty and anxiety for students at a critical time in their educational journey. … We would also like to take this opportunity to urge all stakeholders in the education sector, from parents and teachers, to policy makers, to re-evaluate the scope of the exams and the importance of the top annual exams in all our subjects. ”

Divya Lal, executive director, Fliplearn, said: “We are pleased with the government’s decision to keep student safety above all other concerns. We hope that the selected criteria for student assessment will be appropriate and consistent with the students’ efforts throughout the year. Advances in teaching methods and technologies in education have shown that online testing, simplified with digital technology, is a powerful tool for student assessment. The long wait for students ’concerns is over with this government decision. ”

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