New Delhi, 18 May 2021: In a high-level meeting held on Monday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank sat with School Education Secretaries of all states and UTs to discuss the various strategies which can be adopted for the management of the education system amid COVID-19. The issue of the postponed CBSE Class 12 board exams was also discussed and suggestions were sought from the states.
On 14 April 2021, CBSE announced its decision to cancel the Class 10 board exam and postpone the Class 12 board exam. Simultaneously, it also stated that a review meeting will be conducted to discuss an appropriate schedule for Class 12 exams on June 1. However, ever since, the COVID wave continued to rise, raising the concerns of both students as well as the parents. Hence, Dr. Pokhriyal chaired this high level meeting, so that a suitable decision on the subject can be arrived at before-time, in accordance with the COVID-19 situation in different states across the country.
He further added, “For this, we would need new learning methodologies, quality learning content, and evaluation assessment model. The scientific temperament of students will play a deciding role in the post COVID world. Therefore, the education system of our country should focus on developing critical thinking ability, logical reasoning ability, and scientific temper among students.”
Last year, the Class 10 board exams had to be postponed mid-way in March. They were cancelled and the results were declared on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.
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