Centre and states need to be on the same page

Yesterday evening, the Centre took a couple of important decisions regarding the Class X and XII CBSE board exams. The exam for Class X has been cancelled, while that of the higher class has been postponed. For students of Class XII, the near future is filled with uncertainty for at least a couple of reasons.

The CBSE will review the situation on June 1st and then take a decision on the examination. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the exam. Therefore, for the moment, the NDA government’s media statement has indicated that the exams will be held. However, given the fluid situation with respect to the pandemic, nothing can be said with certainty.

Also read – CBSE postpones Class 12 board exams, cancels Class 10 boards: Highlights

In the meantime, state boards are in the process of reaching their own decisions on the conduct of Class XII exams. Given that students of all boards have to compete on level terms for seats in colleges, it’s important that the Centre’s education ministry starts consulting state governments to make sure that there is no anomaly. The guiding principle should be that no student is disadvantaged because of the board that conducts the relevant Class XII exam.



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