Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday wrote to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and urged non-conduct of Class 12 board exams in the midst of the epidemic, saying children would be treated unfairly if put in life-threatening situations. In a letter to the minister, Priyanka Gandhi shared some suggestions from students and a few students who had spoken to her about the matter a few days ago. Following a high-level meeting which was held on 23rd May, the minister said that there was also a major agreement between the provinces on how to conduct Class 12 board exams and a “knowledgeable, collaborative” and that the decision would be taken on June 1.
In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said that she have written to the Minister of Education summarizing the many suggestions she have received from students, parents and teachers about the 12th standard CBSE exams. Their voice also must be heard.
Recognizing that it is the duty of the government to protect them, Ms Gandhi said, “I once again urge you to reconsider holding the CBSE board 12 exams and considering the above recommendations made by them very carefully.”
Ms Gandhi said that It would be very unfair if they were put in a situation that put their lives in danger if it was completely unnecessary and it would be very sad if we let them down at this difficult time in their lives.
The Congress leader has been demanding that Class 12 board exams not be held and has suggested a number of ways to hold exams or open book exams for students at home.
Minister Gandhi said that It is cruel and also heartbreaking to expect these children to not only study and do well on board exams, but even more so to put themselves in full testing centers where there is no guarantee of their health and safety.
He said experts repeatedly said the third wave was imminent and warned that it could be dangerous for children and adolescents.
He pointed out that there is no denying that children will gather in large numbers at test centers across India if these tests are to be held and it is possible that the onset of another wave could result in these conditions.
The Secretary-General of Congress said countless children were suffering from trauma, anxiety and depression and many had written to him saying how they felt helpless and lost.
They have also been in this situation for months, now, struggling to cope with disease, the deaths of people around them and conditions that were unthinkable for any of us for the past two years.