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India cancels CBSE Class-10 exams, postpones CBSE Class-12 exams

In the wake of coronavirus crisis,

India today cancelled CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)

Class-10 board exams and postponed Class-12 board exams, which were

scheduled for May-June.

The decision was taken today at a high-level meeting with Prime

Minister Narendra Modi in the chair, according to an official

announcement.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Principal

Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, School and Higher

Education Secretaries and other top officials attended the meeting.

“Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school

closures, and also taking in account the safety and well-being of the

students, it is decided that the Board Exams for Class 10 are hereby

cancelled…and the Board Exams for Class 12 are hereby postponed,”

said an official statement.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the decision to cancel

CBSE class 10 board exams and postpone class 12 exams in view of surge

in COVID-19 cases, saying it will provide a great relief to students

and their parents.

Meanwhile, more and more people are voicing their concerns about

CBSE exams during a raging pandemic and centres turning to be Covid

hotspots.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind

Kejriwal wrote to the central government requesting to cancel the

exams to prevent lakhs of students, invigilators, life from being

exposed to infection.

Around 21.5 lakh students were to take the Class 10 exams and some

14 lakh students are registered for Class 12, according to the CBSE.

According to Union Health Ministry data, Covid cases have been

spiraling across the country in the deadly second wave of infections

as India recorded 1,84,372 new coronavirus cases today in the highest

single-day rise so far, with 1,027 deaths.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)