The high level ministerial group meeting on May 23 with state education ministers to discuss if class 12 board examinations postponed already due to rise in Coronavirus pandemic can be held or cancelled, ended without a decision.
“I’m confident we will be able to arrive at an informed, collaborative decision regarding the Class 12th board exams and remove the uncertainty among student’s and parent’s minds by informing them of our final decision at the earliest,” tweeted Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal after the meeting while adding that I have requested the State Governments to send me their detailed suggestions by 25th May.
There is an intense pressure from students and their wards for cancellation of the examination in wake of the lethal and cruel second wave of Coronavirus infections that most of the regions in the country find themselves in.
You've had 2 meetings in this month and u still couldn't come up with a decision? Why is it even such a debate? Students lives are at stake. Vaccinations are not available. Black fungus is now spreading. People are dying as the days go by. Students lost family. #CANCELBOARDEXAM
— Shreya (@zachsacopalypse) May 23, 2021
Sir don’t you feel that inviting suggestions must have done by now!! Today was the time for implementation, execution!! Sir its not happening!! Handling kids is getting even more difficult day by day!!🙏
— manju gupta (@manjugu50413585) May 23, 2021
In fact several hashtags are trending on twitter demanding cancellation of the exams.
Meanwhile Chhattisgarh Board has decided to hold class 12 exams.Students will be given answersheets and question papers and they will have to take exams from their homes. For CGBSE class 12 students’ exams will begin from June 1.
Unlike last year, when only a few papers were left before the onset of pandemic and a not so fierce first wave of infections had allowed the process a closure, this year’s deadly wave that started in March is hard to negotiate. About one lakh people died in just past two months, many of them young parents. The trauma and stress is more than usual when all sorts of stories about shortages and deaths are trickling in on daily basis. A number of teachers have also lost their lives.
Last academic year was nearly a wash out and most academics happened online. This year too, the threat looms large amidst of vaccine shortage and fear of a third wave.
In this situation, the admission schedule to professional colleges and higher education are going haywire and only a clear-cut policy and that too spelt at the earliest will declutter the confusion and relieve millions of students of anxiety.