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Class 12 examination cancelled, PM says health of students of utmost importance

Prime Minister Modi said that the decision to cancel the Class 12 CBSE exams has been taken in the interest of students. 

Class 12 examination cancelled, PM says health of students of utmost importance
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New Delhi, First Published Jun 1, 2021, 7:38 PM IST
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In a massive relief for students and their parents, the Centre has cancelled the Class 12 examination this year. The decision was made during a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a detailed presentation from officials on the extensive consultations with all stakeholders, after which it was decided that the Class XII Board exams would be cancelled. 

The meeting, which was attended by seniormost Cabinet members, decided that the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.

Prime Minister Modi said that the decision to cancel the Class 12 CBSE exams had been taken in the interest of students. 

"While the Coronavirus case 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. Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation," he said, adding that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.

He said that Covid-19 had 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.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the health and safety of students were of utmost importance and that there would be no compromise in this regard. 

He said that in today's time, such exams could not be the reason to put the youth at health risk. 

He further said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity towards students. He also directed officials to ensure that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria in a fair and time-bound manner.

During the meeting, it was also decided that, like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by the CBSE as and when the situation becomes conducive.

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