In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis and a nationwide lockdown in action, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was unable to conduct board exams across the country. On Tuesday, the Delhi Government suggested the Centre to promote Class 10 and 12 students based on internal exams marks as the lockdown seems to get extended.”It will not be possible to conduct the remaining exams of CBSE 10th and CBSE 12th so, the children should be passed on the basis of internal exams only just like the students of 9th and 11th have been passed,” Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, and also proposed for reduction of the syllabus by up to 30 percent, adding that JEE, NEET and other entrance exams be taken on the basis of the reduced syllabus, in a series of tweets.
This came after HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank called a meeting of state education ministers to discuss the COVID-19 situation. He urged the States to start the evaluation process of the answer sheets of the board exams. He also said that the Mid-day meals will be provided to the students even during the summer vacation in schools. This was the first meeting of the education ministers after the lockdown was implemented on March 25 to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The CBSE had earlier postponed the pending examinations of both Class 10 and Class 12 students in March before the first lockdown was announced on March 24. On April 1, 2020, Mr.Pokhriyal had announced that the CBSE will be conducting examinations for classes 10 and 12 for only 29 main subjects which are essential for promotion and admission to Higher Educational Institutions. Though CBSE will still be promoting the students of class 1 to 9 and 11, based on their school assessments.
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