Himachal Pradesh postpones class 10th, 12th & UG exams to May 17 due to rising cases of COVID-19

April 14, 2021 | Updated 7:05 pm

Himachal Pradesh postpones class 10th, 12th & UG exams to May 17 due to rising cases of COVID-19 Representative Image (Source: ANI)

New Delhi: Keeping in view the rising cases of coronavirus in the state, the Department of Education, Himachal Pradesh has decided to postpone the class 10th, 12th and Under Graduate examinations to May 17, 2021.

This development comes as the state reported 619 new cases in the last 24 hours and 11 deaths. This has taken the total tally to 71.394 cases and the death toll to 1,122.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi after holding a meeting with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and other important officials announced to cancel class 10 exams and postpone class 12th exams in 2021. In a tweet, Education Minister said, “The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled. The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board.”

On the issue of the Class 12th Board examination, the Centre has decided to postpone them until further notice. “The Board Exams for Class XIIth to be held from May 4th to June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed. These exams will be held hereafter,” said the minister.

India on Wednesday once again reported more than 1.8 lakh new COVID case in a single day. A total of 1,84,372 cases were reported throughout the nation in the past 24 hours according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This is also the biggest spike in COVID-19 cases that India has recorded in 24 hours. The nation already broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases.