Central government on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE Class XII board exams amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic across the country said by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a meeting with union ministers, cabinet secretary and other stakeholders to discuss the situation of Class 12 board exams and review all the possible options on the exam. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman are also part of the meeting among others.
With the decision coming amid a high caseload of COVID-19 cases in several states and continuing health-related apprehensions about the future, Modi said the health and safety of students are of utmost importance, and there would be no compromise on this aspect.
Anxiety among students, parents and teachers must be put to an end, and students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation, a government statement quoted the prime minister as saying.
Modi further asserted that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for the students as well as their parents and teachers. Since the announcement on Tuesday evening, the netizens are celebrating the decision and have flooded social media platforms with hilarious memes.
Earlier, during a similar meet on May 23, it was announced that the entrance examinations including JEE and NEET will be conducted amid the pandemic. Students now are awaiting a decision on the new JEE Main dates of the postponed April and May sessions. Although NEET has been scheduled to be held on August 1, no announcement on the release of application dates has been released yet.
Modi said at the meeting that COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of board examinations has been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end. He said the COVID-19 situation is dynamic across the country, and that the number of cases is coming down with some states managing the situation through effective micro-containment, while 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, he noted, asserting that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.