CBSE class 10 board exam cancelled, 12th postponed; no plans to cancel HSLC, HSSLC exams
Dimapur, April 14 (EMN): The Ministry of Education on Wednesday stated that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations for class 10 has been cancelled and postponed for class 12 in view of surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
While informing that the board exams for class 10 scheduled to be held from May 4 to June 14 has been cancelled, the press release issued by PIB Kohima stated that ‘the results will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board’.
“Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” it added.
For class 12 board exams, which was also scheduled to be held from May 4 to June 14, decision will be taken after the Board reviews the situation on June 1 and a notice will be served 15 days before the start of the examinations.
The decision on CBSE examinations was taken at high-level meeting chaired by the prime minister and attended by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and other officials, on Wednesday to review the exams to be held at various levels in view of the developing Covid-19 situation.
“The prime minister reiterated that the well being of the students has to be the top priority for the government. He also stated that the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of the students and ensure that their health is taken care of at the same time their academic interests are not harmed,” read the press release.
“Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” it stated, adding that the decision to cancel and postpone board exams was taken considering the present situation of the pandemic and school closures in several states, and also taking into account the safety and well-being of the students.
It may be mentioned that several states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra have also postponed their state board exams close on the heels of CBSE’s move.
West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh states are yet to decide on whether to go ahead with the board exams but are said to monitoring the situation.
However, Karnataka said that it will conduct the exams as scheduled, while Meghalaya will take a decision on class 10 exams after a review of the situation but will hold the state board exams for class 12.
HSLC, HSSLC exams
Meanwhile, an official informed this newspaper that there is no plan to cancel the ongoing High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education.
Both the HSSLC and HSLC examinations, which began on April 6 and the 7th respectively, will conclude on April 21.