Last year, the PSEB had cut the syllabi of classes X and XII by 30% for the academic session 2020-21. The examinations were scheduled from April 13 to May 10 but deferred due to a spike in the Covid-19 cases. This was to save the children from infection and contain the spread.
Maintaining anonymity, a top official of Punjab School Education Board said: “Most likely, the examinations will be cancelled and the chief minister and the education minister will announce the decision themselves.” Asked about the probability of it, PSEB-affiliated private schools association Joint Action Punjab’s senior vice-president Thakur Anand Singh said: “The state board will cancel it, definitely, but the PSEB is running away from its responsibilities, as all the schools are free and the examinations can be conducted easily. Now that the Prime Minister has cancelled the examinations for the CBSE, the PSEB will do the same. But this will impact the scores of the students who have worked hard the entire year. In any case, the result should be compiled on the CBSE pattern.”
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PSEB chairman Yog Raj Sharma had said earlier in a zoom meeting that the question papers for the Class-XII board examinations were ready and the answer sheets had also been printed. Only, the board examination dates are yet to be decided. More than 40,000 candidates will sit these career-defining, make-or-break examinations in the Ludhiana district, for which they even take expensive private coaching.
Claiming to have taken the decision based on feedback obtained from various stakeholders, which include the state governments, the central government had said that the CBSE will compile the Class-XII results students based on well-defined, objective criteria in a time-bound manner.
It was also decided that those who desire to take the examinations will get this option but only when the situation becomes conducive. The Prime Minister said Covid-19 had affected the academic calendar and the thought of board examinations had filled the students, parents, and teachers with anxiety, which must be put to an end.