On 1st June 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the Ministry of Education and other ministers conducted a high-level meeting. It was to decide the status of the class 12th board examination of the year 2021. Earlier, CBSE decided to postpone the class 12th examination on 15th April 2020. This was along with the cancellation of the class 10th examination. Ending the tension of class 12th students, PM Modi declared that there will be no board exams for this year.
The story behind the cancellation of exams
Class 12th Board examination is a deciding factor for eligibility for admission in dream colleges or entrance exams. It is an important criterion for pursuing higher studies. This makes it a very important event. But as the health of the children is the priority over anything. Conditions are uncertain to conduct board examinations and this decision is based on the feedback of the stakeholders.
Since April, the teachers and parents, and students were in tension about the 12th board examination in this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. With the deteriorating condition of the second wave, they were concerned about the health of students too. They also started posting on social media and writing letters/emails to the higher officials, appealing for the cancellation of exams. The family of many students has suffered huge losses of lives due to covid this year. Also, the subject of board exams was causing immense anxiety among students, which had to be put to an end.
We should not pressurize students to appear for exams in such a stressful situation. There will be no compromise on the safety of the children. We have taken a decision that is student-friendly, one that safeguards the health as well as future of our youth.Prime Minister Narendra Modi
A new step for the evaluation of Board exams
The CBSE will now take steps to prepare Class 12 students’ assessment subject-wise according to well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner. So, it would be a fair assessment so that it would be easier to rank the children. Also, Like last year, students who will not be happy with the results and still want to take the exams can appear in the subjective exams when the situation improves.
But the cancellation of the 12th Board examination doesn’t mean that students can’t be failed or given a compartment in subjects. The criteria of objective type will be purely straightforward and a sole criterion for marks analysis. So, students must start to conduct revision for their subjects very seriously.
Exams will occur between July 15 and August 26, 2021. Also, class 10th and 12th Board exams will not be canceled in the future for any reason. CBSE is planning to set up an online platform for conducting exams.
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