COVID pandemic: CBSE Class XII Board Exams cancelled

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  • Class XII results will be made as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.
  • Decision on Class 12 CBSE Exams has been taken in the interest of students
  • Health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect
  • Anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end
  • Students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation
  • All stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday 1 June chaired a review meeting regarding the Class XII Board exams of CBSE. Officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including State governments.

In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it has been decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It also has been decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.


Why not the same decision for final MBBS and MD

The Union Government should take a cue from its CBSE decision and do the same for final MBBS and MD. This should be done keeping in view the huge shortage of doctors. What needs to be brought in focus is that MBBS students are being used like ward boys and not even paid in private medical colleges. Dr Devi Shetty has emphasised this point but it has not moved those in power even an iota. – Editorial Comment


The Prime Minister said that the decision on Class 12 CBSE Exams has been taken in the interest of students. He stated that COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of Board Exams has been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end.

PM said that the Covid situation is a dynamic situation across the country. While the numbers are coming down in the country and some states are managing the situation through effective micro-containment, some states have still opted for a lockdown. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation. PM said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.

The Prime Minister stressed that the health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect. He said that in today’s time, such exams cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk.

PM said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students. PM directed officials to ensure that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria, in a fair and time-bound manner.

Referring to the wide consultative process, PM expressed appreciation that a student friendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. He also thanked the States for providing feedback on this issue.

It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.

The Prime Minister had earlier held a high-level meeting on 21/05/21 which was attended by Ministers & officials. Thereafter a meeting under the Chairmanship of Union Defence Minister was held on 23.05.2021 which was attended by the Education Minsters of States. Various options for conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the States and UTs.

Tuesday’s meeting was attended by Union Ministers of Home, Defence, Finance, Commerce, Information & Broadcasting, Petroleum and Women & Child Development Ministries and Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary & Secretaries of School Education & Higher Education Departments & other officials.

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