By: Education Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 1, 2021 8:40:00 pm

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CBSE had announced the postponement of Class 12 exams in April. File.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an important meeting today to discuss the fate of class 12 board exams. The meeting took place at 5:30 pm today. Following the meeting, the union government on Tuesday announced the cancellation of this year’s CBSE Board examination for Class 12 students.

Read | CBSE Class 12 board exams cancelled, students to be evaluated on objective criteria

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the government said that the decision was taken “in view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders.

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On Monday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and advocated not holding Class 12 board exams amid the pandemic, saying children will be subjected to great injustice if they are pushed into circumstances that endanger their lives.

The Ministry on April 14 had announced the deferment of the Class 12 board examination and said that it will review the situation on June 1 and share details subsequently. Class 10 Board examinations have been scrapped this year due to the second wave of the pandemic.

The union government had held a consultation with the state governments on May 23, in which the attendees were presented with two options of conducting the school-leaving examination.

After the meeting, the states were asked to submit their feedback in writing. As first reported by The Indian Express32 states and union territories support holding the Class 12 board examination. Of these, 29 states and UTs are either okay with conducting the exam in a curtailed format or are willing to accept the ministry’s decision.

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