New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired an important meeting regarding the prospect of Class 12 Board Examinations on Tuesday evening, cancelled the examinations saying that the safety of students is of ‘utmost’ importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect.
“The decision on Class 12 CBSE Exams has been taken in the interest of students,” PM Modi said during the review on Tuesday. “Health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that in today’s time, such exams cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk.
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.
“Anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end,” he said, “Students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.”
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. For students who wish to appear for exams like last year, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.
PM Modi further said that the Covid situation is ‘dynamic’ in 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. This has led students, parents and teachers to be naturally worried about the health of the students. PM Narendra Modi said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.
The decision was welcomed by various political leaders, who said that this move will protect students in the country.
“After consultation with ministers, states and students, PM Modi today announced to cancel Class XII CBSE Board Exams with a view to safeguarding the health and future of the youth. It’s a good decision and a huge step for the new generation, ” said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“We welcome the decision. This decision is in favour of students and teachers. Earlier we have demanded the same. Students should be calculated on their earlier performances,” said Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on cancellation of CBSE Class 12 Board exams.
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Congratulations, students of class 12 for making your voices heard. After all the uncertainty and stress, you deserve to relax and celebrate today!
All the best for a happy, healthy and bright future ahead.#cbseboardexams
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) June 1, 2021
I am glad 12th exams have been cancelled. All of us were very worried abt the health of our children. A big relief
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 1, 2021
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— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 1, 2021
On Monday, the Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of plea seeking directions to the Centre, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) to cancel the CBSE, ICSE Class XII examinations after the Central government sought time till Thursday.
The crucial meeting was attended by Union Ministers including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, along with senior officials including Secretary of School Education and Higher Education.