The CBSE Class XII Board Exams for 2021 have been cancelled this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced after chairing a review meeting where officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including State governments.
In a press release, the PM said Class XII results will be made as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner and that the decision has been taken in the interest of students. The health and safety of students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect and said that anxiety among students, parents and teachers, must be put to an end.
The PM said students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation and asked all stakeholders to show sensitivity for students.
The Supreme Court had also been hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Mamta Sharma seeking a direction to declare the results of Class XII students on the basis of their earlier grading as their main final examination. Advocate Mamta Sharma said the the widespread of Covid-19 pandemic was more severe and worse than last year. Sharma stated that around 77 students reached out to her with their grievances over the issue, while further digging into the issue Sharma found more than 8 Lakh tweets addressed to PMO, Ministry of Human Resource Development and CBSE to cancel the Class XII examinations, considering the stress and the anxiety level of the students.
The bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and AM Khanwilkar had noted on Friday last, May 28, that the government was due to take a decision on the cancellation of Class XII exam, and had adjourned the hearing.