Gujarat, Haryana cancel Class 12 board exams amid COVID spike
The Gujarat government on Wednesday cancelled the state board examinations for class 12 because of the coronavirus crisis.
Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has cancelled board examinations for Class 12 students, State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said.
A decision on whether to conduct exams for Class 10 and Class 12 repeater students or not would be taken shortly, the minister said.
The decision comes a day after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) decided to cancel the 12th board examinations.
The decision has been taken keeping in view the larger interest of 6.83 lakh Class 12 students who were expected to take the exams this year.
On Tuesday afternoon the GSHSEB had announced the dates for Class 12 board examinations from July 1 to July 16.
Yesterday, Gujarat added 1,561 fresh Covid infections, taking the tally to 8,10,730 while 22 fatalities pushed the toll to 9,855.
Gujarat is now left with 29,015 active cases while the recovery rate stands at 95.21%.
Apart from Gujarat, the Haryana government has also decided to cancel the Class 12 exams conducted by the state board.
The State Board will take steps to compile the results of Class 12 students and modalities for this will be worked out soon, Haryana's Education Minister Kanwar Pal said.
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