n view of the uncertain conditions due to the prevailing Covid situation and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided in a review meeting with the Prime Minister on Tuesday that Class XII Board examinations of CBSE would not be held this year.
During the meeting chaired by the PM, officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including the state governments, stated a release issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB).
It was also 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, it stated.
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, it mentioned.
He further 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, it stated.
Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation. He further said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation, it added.
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, the release stated. He said that in today’s time, such exams cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk, it added.
He said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students, and 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, he 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, the release stated.
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, it mentioned.
The Prime Minister had earlier held a high-level meeting on May 21 which was attended by Ministers and officials. Thereafter a meeting under the chairmanship of the union defence minister was held on May 23 which was attended by the Education ministers of the states, it stated. Various options for conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the States and UTs, it added.