"Cancel Class 10, 12 Board Exams": Priyanka Gandhi Vadra To Centre - SARKARI JOB INDIAN

“Cancel Class 10, 12 Board Exams”: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra To Centre

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'Cancel Class 10, 12 Board Exams': Priyanka Gandhi Vadra To Centre

New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has urged Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to re-think holding board exams for Class 10 and 12 CBSE school students as the number of daily new Covid cases in the country – over 1.5 lakh were reported this morning – continues to climb.

Ms Gandhi Vadra, who is self-isolating at her Delhi home after her husband, Robert Vadra, tested positive for coronavirus, wrote to Mr Pokhriyal to underline the “fears and apprehensions… of lakhs of children and parents from all over India”, and pointed out the contradiction in warning adults against congregating in large numbers while children would have to do the same.

“… practically impossible to ensure the safety of students… it is not just the students who will be at risk but also their teachers, invigilators and family members… as state after state issues guidelines preventing the assembly of large numbers of people in public places, what moral ground can we stand on while forcing children to do exactly that…” Ms Gandhi Vadra said in her letter.

“Aside from this (the risk of the virus spreading), by forcing children to sit for these exams during a raging pandemic, the government and the CBSE board will be held responsible in the event any exam centre proves to be a (Covid) hotspot… might want to consider whether they are prepared to own legal liability for students and others who might be severely afflicted…” she wrote.

Ms Gandhi Vadra spoke out on Friday as well, calling the conduct of exams at this time “downright irresponsible”; this was a day after the CBSE said it would take “adequate safety arrangements”.

Board exam dates were announced in February – both Class 10 and 12 exams will begin May 4, with all exams to be held in the offline-written mode.

At that time daily Covid cases in India were fewer than 15,000.

Now daily new cases are over 100,000 per day and climbing; they’ve increased every day since April 6, and the national active caseload, which was around 1.3 in mid-February, is now over 11 lakhs.

On Thursday the CBSE responded to students’ worries – thousands of whom had signed petitions calling for the exams to be cancelled or held online. A senior official told news agency PTI that “adequate arrangements” were being made to ensure all students are safe from infection.

Last year, the board exams had to be postponed mid-way in March. They were later cancelled and the results were announced on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme.



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