The government on Wednesday decided to postpone CBSE board exams for Class 12 and cancel upcoming Class 10 exams due to spike in coronavirus cases.
The Class 10 and 12 exams were earlier scheduled to start from May 4.
“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” reads the press release by education ministry.
The decision was made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met official on Wednesday morning.
Earlier opposition leaders and concerned parents shared concern with government as CBSE clarified there will not be any change in schedule. Exams were cancelled last year as well due to nationwide lockdown.
For the Class 12 exam, the government will review the situation on June 1 to decide fresh dates and make an announcement at least two weeks before the start of the exam.
Officials clarified that cancellation or conducting online examinations for Class 12 students is not an option.
“CBSE is a national Board with students spread across the country. It’s not possible to conduct the exam online at short notice. How will the student familiarise themselves with the online pattern so quickly?” an official told Indian Express.