Class 12 Board Exams 2021: States in favour of conducting exams

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, after a high-level meeting on Sunday, said there is a broad consensus among states to conduct the Class 12 board exams. States and Union territories have been asked to submit their detailed suggestions on the matter by May 25. A final decision on the same will be announced by June 1.

However, the education sector is divided on the government’s plan to conduct the Class 12 board exams. Check out what different boards are saying:

CBSE in favour of conducting 12th board exams


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The CBSE Class XII examination is likely to be conducted and its date and format to be announced by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on May 30. Education Ministry sources told ANI that majority of states/UTs are in favour of conducting the CBSE Class XII examination.

According to sources, the CBSE has proposed conducting exams between July 15 and August 26 and the result to be declared in September. The board also proposed two options: conducting regular exams for 19 major subjects at notified centres or conducting shorter duration exams at respective schools where students are enrolled.

Chhattisgarh to hold Class 12 board exams from June 1 in ‘exam from home’ pattern

The Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) will conduct its Class 12 exams from June 1 wherein students would be allowed to collect question papers from specified centres, take them home and submit the answer copies within five days, officials said. The order said students of Class 12 will be given five days from June 1 to 5 to collect the question papers and blank answer sheets from the specified centres.

Karnataka in favour of 2nd PUC exams

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar said it was necessary to hold second year Pre-University (class 12) exams, in the interest of students’ future. An appropriate decision will be taken in the days to come, considering various aspects and the Centre’s suggestions, he said. Holding the exams, by simplifying the process after COVID completely comes under control, will also be adequate, the Minister was quoted as saying by his office in a statement.

Tamil Nadu govt in favour of conducting 12th board exams

The Tamil Nadu government is in favour conducting Class XII board exams after the decline of Covid-19 cases. “The central government discussed conducting CBSE Class XII board exams and the schedule of the exams whether to conduct the exam in July or August. Each state gave their own views depending on the prevailing situation in their respective state. Class XII exams are very important in deciding higher studies and careers for students. There is no use in giving them all pass. All states are in favour of conducting the exam. So, we are also in favour of conducting the exam,” Tamil Nadu school education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamohzi told reporters here after attending the online meeting.

Gujarat govt seeks feedback from stake holders

The Gujarat government will conduct the GSHSEB class 12 board exams once the Covid-19 situation is under control. “We will consider the option of holding the Class 12 GSHSEB board exams after taking feedback from principals and schools and academicians, among others. The option of reducing the exam duration will also be considered,” said Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

Goa govt to take a decision in two days

The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that a decision had not been taken vis a vis Class XII exams yet. The Goa govt earlier cancelled the upcoming Class X board exams, due to the rising number of Covid cases in the state. Sawant said that Class X students will instead be assessed according to their already accrued internal marks.

Maharashtra may explore “non-examination route”

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said a decision on Class 12 exams in the state, which have been postponed earlier, will be taken in a week’s time, and added that the option of a “non-examination route” should be explored in view of the ongoing pandemic situation.

UP Board to decided on 10th, 12th exams after discussions with CM

Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said decision on UP board class 10 and 12 exams will come after discussions with the CM Yogi Adityanath. He also said that the board results will be declared within one month of conducting the exams. The date of commencement of exams (for class 12 or both class 10 & 12) will be decided after consonance from the CM.

Jharkhand against 12th Board Exams

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said holding the Class 12 board examinations in the state would not be appropriate in the wake of the present COVID-19 situation. “If the suggestions received from the stakeholders are considered, there is a consensus on postponement of the examination… People feel that maintaining social distance will not be possible if the exams are conducted and children can get infected…” Soren said after participating in a meeting convened by the Centre on the Class 12 board exams.

Delhi govt not in favour of conducting 12th board exams

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government is not in favour of conducting Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII exams and they will write to the Centre suggesting the same. “The Delhi government is not in favour of conducting Class XII exams and we will write to the Centre regarding the same. In today’s meeting with the Centre, I appealed that we cannot put students’ lives at risk by following the tradition of exams,” Sisodia said. In a press conference after the meeting, Sisodia said the priority of the Central government at the moment should be vaccination against COVID-19 and it should talk to Pfizer and bring vaccines for the country’s 14 million Class XII students and also for almost the same number of teachers across the country. “In Delhi, we will complete the vaccination of all Class XII and teachers in a maximum of two days,” he added.

(With input from agencies)

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