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Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh have decided to cancel the state board exams this year.
The Rajasthan government decision was taken in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. More than 21 lakh students were to appear in these examinations.
The 10th and 12th class state board exams were scheduled from May 6 but have been postponed due to the prevalent pandemic situation. Education minister Govind Singh Dotasara said that modalities of the result of both classes will be released soon.
The Gujarat government too took a decision to scrap board exams for class 12.
"The state government decided to scrap the exams for class 12 of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Board (GSHSB) after taking into consideration the Centre's decision to scrap the exams for class 12 students of the CBSE given the coronavirus pandemic," state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told reporters after attending a Cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar.
Nearly 1.40 lakh students of science stream and 5.43 lakh students of the general stream were expected to appear for the board exam.
The government of Madhya Pradesh announced the cancellation of the Class 12 Board Exams in the state, in view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The decision was announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after chairing a meeting with ministers and officials.
"Class 12 board exams in Madhya Pradesh will not be conducted this time. Children's lives are precious to us. When the whole country and the state is facing the wrath of Corona, the mental burden of examination on the children is not justified."
Uttarakhand government too decided to cancel Class 12 state board examinations. Announcing this, state Education Minister Arvind Pandey said that Uttarakhand Intermediate board examinations have been cancelled.
"The students would also be promoted accordingly.The government has taken this decision considering the interest of the students and teachers," he said. The Tamil Nadu State school education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said that the government will decide on the state board exams for class 12 students in a couple of days.
Best, most student-friendly decision, says PM
A day after his government decided to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams this year, PM Modi said the decision was taken after an extensive consultative process, and that this was the best and most student-friendly move.
The central government received several inputs from across the country that were insightful, enabling it to take a "student-friendly" decision, he said.
"As you said, in the current times, this was the best and most student friendly decision," he said.