CBSE Cancels Class 12 Exams – What’s Happening With State Boards?
Are state governments going to go ahead with the board exams for Class 12? Here’s what we need to know.
After deliberating on the decision for a month, the Centre on Tuesday, 1 June, cancelled CBSE Class 12 board examinations. Instead, it has been decided that the board will take steps to compile the results as per “well-defined objective criteria” in a time-bound manner.
But what is happening in other states? Are the state boards going to conduct exams? Here’s what we know until now.
Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Thursday, 3 June, that the state board examinations for Classes 10 and 12 in the state have been cancelled, following the decision made by the Centre.
Relief and rehabilitation minister Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar was quoted as saying, "The state board exams of Classes 12 and 10 are cancelled. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had already indicated about it in his earlier address to the state. A (formal) decision was taken today," Indian Express reported.
The Class 12 exams in the state had been postponed twice earlier, due to the second wave of COVID-19.
While the Yogi Adityanath government had earlier announced that the state board exams for Class 12 will be conducted, has now cancelled the same.
Earlier on 29 May, the state had announced the cancellation of the Class 10 exams, but said that Class 12 exams will most likely be held in July.
The Haryana government has cancelled Class 12 CBSE exams, following the decision made by the CBSE.
“We are going with the decision taken by the Centre and have decided to cancel the board exams,” Education Minister Kanwar Pal said.
The state government is expected to release the marking criteria soon. While Haryana cancelled Class 10 exams in April, it had earlier decided to postpone exams for Class 12.
Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat
Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board has cancelled the Class 12 board examination, announced Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh, too, followed suit and cancelled the Class 12 examinations.
The Tamil Nadu government had cancelled Class 10 exams in April, but decided to postpone the exams for Class 12 students. However, the decision is being reconsidered and Chief Minister MK Stalin is expected to make an announcement this week.
The West Bengal government has neither cancelled the Class 10 or Class 12 state board exams until now. However, an announcement is likely to be made on 2 June.
Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra has said that the final decision will be taken on 2 June, after consultation with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Bihar & Chhattisgarh
The Bihar government has not only held Class 12 exams, but also declared the results.
In Chhattisgarh, the state exams are underway for Class 12. However, the exams are being held from home, in open book format. Students are expected to submit their answer scripts at the exam centre by 5 June.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday took to Twitter to inform that the Class 12 board exams have been cancelled keeping in view the health and safety of the students.
Goa CM Pramod Sawant said in a tweet, “After extensive consultations, it has been decided that the Class 12 exams shall be cancelled, as the health & safety of our students is of utmost priority.”
(With inputs from Indian Express)
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