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On Tuesday, 1st June, after much deliberation and hovering uncertainty over the CBSE Class 12th Board Exams, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled the CBSE Exams.
The meeting was supposed to be co-chaired by the Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, but owing to Post-Covid complications, he was unable to do so.
On 14th April 2021, in a similar meeting, the Class 10th CBSE Board Exams also got cancelled due to the ferocious second wave of coronavirus in India.
The decision to cancel the Class 12th CBSE Board Exams and other State Board Exams went through a rollercoaster ride.
We have covered the whole fiasco and confusion that remained over the Class 12th CBSE Board Exams & State Board Exams in our previous article.
Don’t forget to check that out!
CBSE Class 12th Board Exams Decision and Evaluation Criteria
Although we have covered the whole matter regarding the dilemma over CBSE Class 12th Board Exams in one of our previous articles, let us give you a quick recap in a nutshell regarding the same.
A few days back, on 23rd May, the Education Minister held a high-level meeting to discuss the conduction of CBSE Class 12th Board Exams.
Besides the Education Minister, the meeting included state education ministers, secretaries, and some eminent Union Ministers.
The modus operandi of the meeting, as discussed above, was to examine the different methods to conduct the CBSE Class 12th Board Exams.
The conclusions that got withdrawn from the reports about the 23rd May meeting are in complete contrast with cancellation.
Almost every State Education Minister and secretaries except a few such as Delhi, Maharashtra & Jharkhand agreed to conduct the CBSE Class 12th Board exams and their State Board Exams.
As per the reports, after the 23rd May meeting, around 75% of the States agreed to conduct the CBSE Class 12th Board Exams and their State Board Exams.
Some states and union territories representatives such as Delhi, Punjab, Maharashtra urged the Central Government to vaccinate the examinees and examiners if the exams were conducted.
The speculated outcome of the meeting on 23rd May regarding the CBSE Class 12th Board Exams led to discontent among students.
That led to several campaigns and trends on Twitter, demanding an alternative CBSE Class 12th Board Exams assessment.
Furthermore, taking the matter of cancellation of physical exams, a PIL was filed by Advocate Mamta Sharma on behalf of students to avert the physical CBSE Class 12th Board Exams.
In one of the hearings after the 23rd May meeting, the honourable Supreme Court clearly instructed the Central Government to take a calculative decision.
In its order of 31/5/21 hearing, the Supreme Court clearly instructed the Central Government to substantiate its decision if they decided to hold CBSE Class 12th Board exams and go against their 2020 policy.
In the year 2020, owing to the pandemic situation CBSE & CISCE deferred their examinations, ultimately leading to the cancellation in June 2020.
After instructing, the bench adjourned till 3/6/21, and CBSE was asked to clear its stand.
Once the hearing finished on 31/5/21, students and news channels started to speculate that the Education Ministry would pronounce the decision on CBSE Class 12th Board Exams on 1st June.
And as predicted, on 1st June 2021, the Central Board of Secondary Education cancelled the Class 12th Board exams.
According to the official order released by GOI, the Prime Minister reiterated that the students’ health could not be compromised at any cost.
Updates regarding CBSE Class 12th Board Exams Evaluation Criteria
As the GOI released the official notice of the cancellation of the CBSE Class 12th Board Exams on Tuesday, murmurs of the standard of assessing the examinees have begun.
On Thursday, 3rd June, when the apex court got informed of the cancellation, the panel of the Supreme Court Judges instructed Education Boards to devise the strategy for evaluation of students within two weeks.
Owing to which on 4th June, CBSE appointed a twelve-member panel to devise a plan of action to evaluate the results of students.
Although no official notice except for the formation of the twelve-member committee has been released, several reports hint at the possible criteria.
As per some reports, CBSE and other Educational Boards are looking forward to awarding marks to the students based on their performance in the last three academic sessions.
The news is yet to get an official status until the concerned exam boards release their official criteria in the next two weeks.
Every examination board, be it CBSE, CISCE, NIOS, or State Boards, would allow the students to appear for the physical examinations if they remain unsatisfied with the marking scheme.
If you want to know about the CBSE Class 10th Board Exams marking criteria, then make sure to go through our previous article.
CISCE & NIOS Class 12th Board Exams
Following the footsteps of CBSE, two other national boards – CISCE & NIOS also cancelled their Class 12th Board exams due to the ongoing pandemic.
In a similar pattern, the ICSE Board(Class X) examinations were also cancelled in April, which we discussed in our previous article.
Unlike CBSE, the CISCE is yet to announce the evaluation scheme for the class 10th students.
Besides CBSE & CISCE, the National Institute of Open Schooling(NIOS) also decided to cancel its 12th board exams.
The Education Minister, on 4th June, through his Twitter handle, announced the cancellation of NIOS Class XII Exams.
Earlier, owing to the second wave of coronavirus in the country, the NIOS Board also cancelled the class 10th exams in May.
Both the boards, CISCE & NIOS, made it clear that within the next few weeks, they would release the objective criteria for evaluating the students.
Furthermore, like CBSE, the students unsatisfied with their scores would be allowed to appear for the physical examinations once the situation is conducive.
State Board Exams
The states/Union Territories that have cancelled their State Board Exams(both X & XII) include-
- Uttar Pradesh
- Madhya Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Himachal Pradesh
- West Bengal
- Jammu & Kashmir
States yet to decide on their State Board Exams(X & XII)
- Andhra Pradesh
Besides the states mentioned above, the state government of Karnataka decided to cancel the Pre-University examinations (Class XII) and conduct the SSLC(Class X) in July’s third week.
Also, Chhattisgarh, from 1st June, commenced the home-based state board exams for Class XII students.
Considering the wide speculations and previous experiences, the states that have still not taken any decision on the exams would likely follow the footsteps of CBSE.
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