CBSE may cancel pending board exam scheduled to be held on July 1 to 15

After immense pressure from parents and state governments, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to take a final call on its pending Board examinations by Monday after consultations with the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, National Testing Agency, University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

As per the senior Ministry official, several options are on the table, including rescheduling the pending exams to September or October; evaluate the students on the basis of the marks obtained in internal assessments; cancel the exams completely or make it optional for students to appear for it.

Recently Supreme Court has also asked CBSE to take a final decision on pending board exam within a week i.e. June 23, 2020 after hearing a petition filed by a section of parents and students demanding the cancellation of the board exam scheduled to be held in July. The plea cited the risk to a student’s health in the current scenario as the primary reason.

Several State governments, including Maharashtra and Delhi, have also expressed reservations against conducting the exams in July.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has also been holding regular consultations on the issue, as well as demands for postponement or cancellation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and JEE (Joint Entrance Exam), entrance examinations for admission to medical and engineering courses.

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