Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, there will be no exams this year for CBSE and CISCE Class 12 students due to the rising COVID-19 pandemic across the country, said today. The decision, he said, was taken in the interest of students.
The decision was taken at the end of a meeting attended by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Chairman Manoj Ahuja, besides other officials.
Government of India has decided to cancel the Class XII CBSE Board Exams. After extensive consultations, we have taken a decision that is student-friendly, one that safeguards the health as well as future of our youth. https://t.co/vzl6ahY1O2
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said, “Health and safety of our students are of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect, Anxiety among students, parents, and teachers, which must be put to an end…Students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation. All stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students,” it said.
The statement from PMO also mentioned student’s mental health and said, “He (Prime Minister) 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”
Welcoming the CBSE’s decision taken today, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it is an important step taken in the direction of safe health students across the country. “Heartfelt gratitude of all students and guardians towards the respected Prime Minister,” he said in a tweet.