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#CancelBoardExams trends at top after announcement of high-level meeting


NEW DELHI: Within hours #cancelboardexams became the top trend on Twitter, as soon as the government announced a high-level ministerial meeting to discuss the conduct of Class XII and entrance examinations on Saturday.

Till filing of this report (5:45 pm) #cancelboardexams was trending at number one with 1,72,000 tweets. The ministry of education at around 1:20 pm announced that “A high-level virtual meeting will be convened tomorrow with all the States/UT education ministers, education secretaries and chairpersons of state examination boards and stakeholders to discuss the proposals for the conduct of exams for Class XII and entrance examinations for professional courses.”

The press releases also stated that the meeting will be chaired by union defence minister, Rajnath Singh in the presence of union minister for education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, union minister for women and child, Smriti Zubin Irani and union minister information and broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar.

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As soon as the announcement was done, students and others took to twitter tagging the Prime Minister, CBSE, Pokhriyal, minister of state for education Sanjay Dhotre and scores of journalists demanding cancellation of the exams.

While Jay Prajapati tweets: “think that decision will be taken in our interest. Please take decision in our interest,” tagging the PM with #CancelExamsSaveStudents and #cancelboardexams, Pawan Kumar tweets tagging Pokhriyal and CBSE and other saying, “If you are not having trust in your safety policy to conduct meetings offline then please do not even think about offline exams. No offline meeting=no online exams.”

Twitterties also tweeted about the sufferings due to the pandemic while demanding cancellation of the exams and alternate assessment process. Shalini Chaudhary tweets, “Sir it will be very difficult for those children whose parents or family members are suffering from covid. Everyone is saying that you all got so much time to study but the family problems are also responsible. those students who lost their parents how they will manage,” while Soumyodeep Dolui tweets, “Dear CBSE, last year I lost my father due to covid, this year I suffered and I was extremely depressed during that period in extreme fear as I don’t have money for hospitalization. I don’t want to lose anyone else or myself.”

Udipta Das writes, “No physical classes, incomplete doubts, mental distractions due to covid, lost close relatives, black fungus emerging, covid attacking children, cyclone, depression due to lockdown, enough postponement, #cancelclass12thboardexams2021.”

In a letter written by Pokhriyal to States/ UTs, he has stated that the department of school education and literacy, ministry of education and CBSE are exploring options regarding the conduct of examinations, keeping in mind the safety and security of the students and the teachers. The department of higher education is also deliberating upon the finalization of the dates of examinations for institutions of higher learning.

The letter has noted that COVID-19 pandemic has affected various areas including the education sector, particularly the board exams and entrance exams. In view of the prevailing situation, almost all the State Education Boards, CBSE and ICSE have postponed their Class XII examinations, 2021. Similarly, the National Testing Agency (NTA) and other National exam conducting institutions have also postponed the entrance exams for admissions to professional courses.

As the conduct of Class XII examinations 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 XII CBSE examinations in the interest of all the students across the country, Pokhriyal wrote.

Earlier on Monday, Pokhriyal held a review meeting with the education secretaries and other officials of states and UTs to discuss the COVID-19 situation and its impact on education and the road ahead on Monday. The matter of Class XII Board exams also came up for discussion and the minister asked for the opinions of the states in this regard.

Pokhriyal has also sought inputs from all the stakeholders – students, parents, teachers and others through Twitter.





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