New Delhi, 11 May 2021 – With the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the country, numerous students have begun demanding cancellation of Class 12 board examinations on Twitter and other online platforms. Students have also resorted to filing a petition to cancel board exams 2021 due to COVID-19. As of today, the total signatures signed on this petition are close to 6 lakh in number.
Several education boards across the country including the CBSE, CISCE and different state boards have cancelled the Class 10 board exams and postponed Class 12 board exams. Almost a month back, Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal made this important announcement for all CBSE students while stating that deliberation on the new dates of Class 12 exams will be done on 1 June 2021. He also stated that a notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the Class 12 board examinations.
Since the Class 10 board exams are now cancelled, the assessment shall be done on the basis of –
- Marks scored by the candidate in various tests/exams conducted by the school during the year
- The marks allotted must be in agreement with the past performance of the school in Class 10 examinations
Many board aspirants are of the opinion that the evaluation of marks for Class 12 should also be done in a similar manner.
Class 12 Board Exams 2021 – What is the probability of cancellation?
Recently, a CBSE official hinted to a leading web portal that the CBSE officials might end up taking a decision to follow a similar marks evaluation plan as that created for Class 10. This could be a clear possibility if the COVID-19 situation fails to improve in the country. Pointing at further challenges that would come with a further delay in Class 12 board examinations, he said, “We cannot further delay conducting the exam after July as the entire exam process takes more than a month including evaluation of copies and result declaration.” This, he said, would end up adversely affecting the admissions of students in colleges and universities.