Cancel CBSE Board Exam 2021 Demand: Priyanka Gandhi Writes to Education Minister, ‘How Can We Put Students in Life-Threatening Situations?’

The ISC and CBSE Class 12 board exams have been cancelled. If certain kids want to sit the board exams, CBSE will provide them with that choice, much like last year

As all eyes are on the Ministry of Education, which is expected to make a final decision on the conduct of the class 12 board exam 2021 today, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote a letter to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ advising him not to hold the exams in the midst of the pandemic. Priyanka highlighted in her letter to Nishank that children will be subjected to enormous injustice if they are forced into situations that jeopardise their life. The Congresswoman also shared the advice she received from a number of students and parents who had spoken with her about the issue in the previous few days.

Most boards have just postponed their tests for the time being, and final decisions will be made on June 1 following a debate between officials. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had remarked that the decision on class 12 pupils would be made after an assessment of the COVID situation across the country when announcing the cancellation of boards for class 10 students. The government has modified the class 12 requirements for admission to IITs, NITs, and numerous state-funded engineering institutes this year, as it did in 2020. This means that only the results of the entrance exam will be used to determine admittance. Previously, the minimal requirements for admission to IITs included a score of 75% in class 12. Students now only need to pass class 12 and the entrance exam. This decision was made in 2020 when all board exams could not be held, and the Ministry of Education has stated that it will continue to do so for the current year.

Students are also demanding that a similar pattern be used for admission to other undergraduate programmes as well. While students previously used the hashtag #cance12thboardexams2021, the hashtag #SaveBoardStudents is currently trending. Many students have signed online petitions calling for the board examinations to be cancelled. “I wrote to the Minister of Education to summarise the various ideas I received from students, parents, and instructors regarding the CBSE exams for the 12th standard. “Their voices must be heard,” says the author. Priyanka took to Twitter and shared her letter with her followers. She claimed that it is “cruel and inhuman” to expect students to “not only prepare and perform well in board exams, but also to commit themselves to packed testing centres where their health and safety are unknown.”

On the other hand, an RSS-affiliated education body wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to ensure that the exams are held, and suggesting a number of options, including changing the pattern to objective and allowing students to solve question papers at home, or taking exams for only 2-3 subjects. The cancellation of the Class 12 board exams, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is a “huge relief.” “I am pleased that the never-ending Class 12 for 1.5 crore children in the country will finally come to an end,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia remarked.

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