The Ministry of Education MoE to chair urgent meeting on decision pending on CBSE and ICSE class 12 Board Examinations. Class 12th Board exams were postponed citing rise in COVID-19 cases, amid Second wave outbreak. Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said “the Ministry of Education (MOE) has called a crucial meeting on Sunday to decide on pending Class XII board exams that were postponed in view of the second wave of Covid-19.”

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to chair the virtual meeting at 11:30 a.m., which will be attended by Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar along with education ministers and secretaries of all states and union territories.

Nishank’s letter addressing to states education secretaries read “as the conduct of Class 12 exams impacts upon state board exams and other entrance exams across the country, and to reduce uncertainty among students, it is desirable that a considered decision based on inputs of different state governments and UT administrations is taken about Class 12 board exam in the interest of all the students across the country.”

The CBSE class 12 Board exams were scheduled for May 4, which are usually conducted on Mid of February to March, but due to upsurge in positivity rate of COVID-19 cases, CBSE announced the decisions pending on 2021, board exams, to be taken on or after 1st June.

Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases, the ministry could take decisions on conducting CBSE and ICSE Board exams only for main subjects. CBSE also in planning to conduct board exams in two phases, keeping in view the COVID-19 chaos. The board to will conduct second phase exams for students, who either themselves will infected by the virus or reside in the containment zone.

Ministry to also look close upto the possibilities of cancellation of the board exams. The ministers to address on devising, how to evaluate class 12th students result over internal assessment, if and only class 12th Board exams are cancelled. Online petitions are being filed by parents and students, demanding cancellation of 12th Board Exams.