A majority of states have opted to go with the second option among the options given by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for conducting class 12 exams.
Chaired by the defense minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, the CBSE conducted a meeting with education ministers across the country regarding the CBSE class 12 exams. During the meeting, states were given two options for conducting the exams. While a majority of states agreed that CBSE class 12 exams were necessary, states like Delhi and Punjab said that exams must be postponed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two options were presented to the states – in the first, states had to conduct a three-hour examination for 19 major subjects for students while in the second, 90-minute tests, with students having to appear only in one language and three elective subjects were given to them.
According to the Hindustan Times, most states said on Tuesday that they preferred the second option to conduct the exams.
Following the meeting on Sunday, some states had also expressed objections to conducting the exam. Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s deputy chief minister also expressed that in the current Covid-19 situation, it was not a welcome move to conduct exams. In a letter addressed to union education minister Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank, he said that both the options that were presented before states put students at risk of being infected and that their mental status was ignored.
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