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Priyanka Gandhi urges Centre to reconsider holding CBSE exams amid pandemic


Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has urged Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to reconsider the decision to hold CBSE board exams for class 10 and 12 due to the massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Congress leader has written a letter to Pokhriyal in this regard and was supported by her brother Rahul Gandhi who, too, has asked the Centre to reconsider the decision.

Notably, the development comes after a section of the students demanded that the board exams be cancelled due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priyanka said that students will have to be seated in crowded exam halls for the board exams at a time when over a lakh fresh cases of the virus are being reported from the country in the past 24 hours. She asserted that if the exam centres evolve as COVID-19 hotspot, the government and the board shuld be held responsible.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “In the light of the devastating Corona second wave, conducting #CBSE exams must be reconsidered. All stakeholders must be consulted before making sweeping decisions. On how many counts does GOI intend to play with the future of India’s youth?”

Actor Sonu Sood has also supported the students. He tweeted a video message in this regard. He said, “I request everyone to support students who are forced to appear for offline board exams in these tough times. With the number of cases rising to 145k a day I feel there should be an internal assessment method to promote them rather than risking so many lives. #cancelboardexam2021

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Notably, Class 10 board exams are scheduled from May 4 and June 7, whereas it is May 4 to June 15 for class 12 students.

What Priyanka Gandhi said

In her letter to Pokhriyal, Priyanka said, “The government and the CBSE board might want to consider whether they are prepared to own the legal liability for students or others who might be severely affected by the disease in this manner.”

She said lakhs of students and parents were anxious about what would happen if they got together in exam centres for the CBSE board exam during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that apart from the students, the teachers, invigilators and parents in contact with the students would also be at risk.

She said that the fears of the students were well-founded since having to appear for the board exams in such a situation would cause undue anxiety which would also prevent the students from giving their best in the CBSE board exams 2021.

“They are rightfully requesting that the exams be cancelled under the prevailing circumstances,” she said, adding that the psychological health of the children might also be affected apart from their physical health.

“I do hope that the government will engage in a dialogue with schools, students and their parents so that a safer way for them to fulfil their educational obligations can be found,” Priyanka Gandhi added.

“Rather than forcing them into a potentially dangerous situation, it would be in the fitness of things for them to be given the support, encouragement and protection that is due to them at this very trying time,” Priyanka said.


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