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CBSE Class 12 board exam: Students, parents and schools cheer cancellation, but questions remain

Jun 01, 2021 09:35 PM IST

While the Class XII board exams have been cancelled by CBSE, there is no information on the assessment pattern that would be used to mark students.

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After a painful eight-week wait, 1.2 million students across India can heave a sigh of relief with the CBSE Class 12 board exam 2021 being scrapped in the wake of COVID-19.

On one hand while students are cheering the decision taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there are a lot of questions unanswered.

Firstly, the assessment criteria for rolling out the final marksheet has not been specified. A government statement said that PM Modi has directed officials to ensure that that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria, in a fair and time-bound manner.

"We are thankful that the exams got cancelled. But now the question is whether we will be marked based on the past term or based on Class XI performance as well," said Vrinda Tiwari, a CBSE Class 12 student from Lucknow.

Moneycontrol had reported earlier how there was a growing clamour to cancel the board examinations in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. As on 8am on June 1, India added 1,27,510 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours and 2,795 deaths.

This took the total tally 28.1 million with 3,31,895 deaths so far due to COVID-19 between April 2020 and June 2021.