The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a significant decision, the central government has decided to postpone the CBSE Class 12 board exams and cancel the Class 10 exams. The move came amid growing concerns of parents and students as the Covid-19 cases in India are on a surge.

A statement by the Ministry of Education said, “The Board Exams for Class XIIth to be held from May 4 to June, 14, 2021 are hereby postponed. These exams will be held hereafter. The situation will be reviewed on June 1, 2021 by the Board, and details will be shared subsequently. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.”

About the Class X exams it said, “The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from May 4 to June 14, 2021 are hereby cancelled. The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board.”

“Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” it added.

The decision was taken in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, School and Higher Education Secretaries and other top officials were present.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister reiterated that the well-being of the students has to be the top priority for the Government. He also stated that the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of the students and ensure that their health is taken care of; at the same time, their academic interests are not harmed.