Ending the uncertainty over the Class 12 board exams, a high-level review held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday decided to cancel the examinations conducted by CBSE due to the Covid-19 situation across the country, much to the relief of lakhs of students and their parents as well as teachers. The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, a private board that conducts the Class 12 ISC exams, followed suit.
An official release said the PM held that the health and safety of students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect and that it was necessary to end anxiety among students, parents and teachers.
The government had earlier in April cancelled the CBSE Class 10 exams. According to board sources, Class 12 results will reflect the “well-defined objective criteria” developed by the board for Class10 where assessment will be done based on the marks scored by a student in the different tests and exams conducted during the year. “Among the options being worked out is whether the assessment should be based on performances in the final exams of the previous three classes (9, 10, 11) or give a certain weightage to Class 10 board results and internal assessments of Class 12. The modalities will be announced in a couple of days,” said a senior official of CBSE.
“The government of India has decided to cancel the Class 12 CBSE board exams. 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,” the PM tweeted. Around 21.5 lakh registered for the Class 10 exams while and 14 lakh candidates registered for those of Class 12.
While the alternative assessment criteria for the exams has not been finalised by the board yet, CBSE sources said it is expected to be on similar lines as announced for Class 10 which took into account the performance of the students in various tests and exams through the year. It was also decided that in case some students want to take the exams, the option would be provided to them as and when it is possible to hold an examination.