Ending the uncertainty looming over Class 12 exams, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) cancelled the exams.
The exams were cancelled in the wake of rise in COVID-19 cases.
Along with CBSE and CISCE, several state boards have all cancelled the Class 12 exam, while several others said that they will take the decision soon.
We have collated the list of updates for various states and boards:
In view of the uncertain conditions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the feedback obtained from the various stakeholders, the CBSE Class XII board exams for 2021 were cancelled on Tuesday.
The decision was taken after a key meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Cabinet ministers and the concerned officials.
It was decided that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will take steps to compile the results of Class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner. It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Tuesday informed that the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Board examinations of Class 12 have been cancelled.
Speaking to ANI, Dr G Immanuel, Chairman, Council for CISCE said, "Indian School Certificate (ISC) Board examinations (Class 12) have been cancelled. The final decision on compiling results is yet to be taken." Earlier, the Central government decided that class XII board exams of CBSE would not be held this year in view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID-19 and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders. The government said that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said a decision on holding the class 12 exams in the state will be taken after the CBSE announces modalities for marking the students.
Addressing a press conference on his first visit to the national capital as chief minister, he also said that all willing residents of Assam will be vaccinated by the end of December as more COVID-19 vaccines will be arriving in the state from this month onwards.
Asked whether the class 12 exams conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council will be cancelled, Sarma said a decision in this regard will be taken after consultation with all stakeholders as it is a question of a students' future.
Madhya Pradesh has cancelled Class 12 board exam. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a video statement posted on Twitter, "The class 12 board exams (organised by the MP Board of Secondary Education) for the year 2020-21 will not be held this year.
CM Uddhav Thackeray today will chair meeting with the state disaster management authority to get their formal nod for the cancellation of the HSC exam. The meeting will be held at 12.30 pm. The formal announcement about the cancellation will be done after the nod.
The Maharashtra Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has unanimously approved the cancellation of Class 12/HSC board examinations in view of the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 and a possible third wave.
The Maharashtra HSC exam issue is still pending before the Bombay High Court and the government needs to take formal approval of the state disaster management authority for the cancellation of the exams.
Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board has cancelled Class 12 board examination.
The information was shared by State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.
"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 cancel the exams for class 12 students of the CBSE given the coronavirus pandemic," Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said.
The Haryana government has also decided to cancel the Class 12 exams conducted by the state board, Education Minister Kanwar Pal said on Tuesday.
"We have also decided to cancel the Class 12 board exams in the state which were to be conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education," Pal told PTI over phone.
In West Bengal, the authorities cancelled a press conference to announce the schedule of class 10 and 12 board examinations in the state amid the Covid-19 pandemic. No reason was given for the cancellation.
An official of the School Education Department said a committee of experts has been formed to check how to conduct the exams and evaluate papers during the present situation.
Uttar Pradesh Class 12 Intermediate Board Exams 2021 have been cancelled by the state government today, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma informed.
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar said an appropriate decision will be taken soon on holding board exams in the state.
"Regarding holding SSLC (class 10) and second year Pre-University (class 12) exams, an appropriate decision will be taken at the earliest," the minister said in a statement.
Uttarakhand intermediate board examinations were also cancelled on Wednesday in view of the prevailing Covid situation in the state. State Education Minister Arvind Pandey said the decision has been taken in the interest of students, teachers and guardians after consulting the chief minister.
According to Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozh, the government will make known its decision on holding the plus two board exam in the state in two days' time, after conferring with experts.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said his government will go through decisions taken by other states and also consult the Union Education Ministry before taking a call on Class 12 board exams.
Bihar has already held the class 12 board exams and declared results as well.
The Chhattisgarh Board or CGBSE has already begun the Class 12 exams.
The Rajasthan government on Wednesday night decided to cancel classes 10 and 12 examinations conducted by the state board this year in view of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an official statement.
The decision, taken in an online meeting of the State Council of Ministers, came a day after the central government announced cancelling the CBSE Class 12 board exams.
(With inputs from agencies)
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