The Union government has cancelled the CBSE Class 12 examinations to ward off the threat of coronavirus infections, ending prolonged uncertainty for about 1.4 million students who were to appear for the board exams. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday amidst appeals by students, who feared the CBSE exam could infect them because those under 18 aren’t currently eligible for vaccination.
“After extensive consultations, we have taken a decision that is student friendly, one that safeguards the health as well as the future of our youth,” Modi tweeted.
Hours later, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) also cancelled its Class 12 exams or ISE exams. “The board has decided to cancel class 12 exams in view of the pandemic situation. We will soon come up with an alternative assessment criteria,” said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive of CISCE.
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