Rajasthan has followed the decision of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh governments and cancelled the state board exams of class 10 and 12. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday late in the night decided to scrap the board exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 21.58 lakh students were to appear in the exams.
The Cabinet’s decision was on expected lines after the AICC general secretary suggested the Congress-ruled states to cancel board exams. But no decision was taken on how the results for promoting the students to the next higher class will be prepared.
Board exams were scheduled to start from May 6
The board exams were to begin on May 6, but because of large-scale positive cases and a significantly high death toll, the exams were postponed on April 14. The exams for class 10 which was scheduled from May 5 was to last for 22 days and would have completed on May 27. Similarly, the exams for class 12 would have continued till May 29, according to the original schedule.
Nearly 3 lakh students failed in 2020
In the year 2020, the board examinations were delayed because of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rescheduled exams last year saw about three lakh students failing. In the exams for class 10, 2.23 lakh students failed.
Similarly, in the exams for class 12, over 74,000 failed. Thus, a total of 2.95 lakh students failed in the board exams, while about 50,000 students did not appear in the exams.
CBSE board exams cancelled
While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had announced the cancellation of the class 10 board exams in April, the class 12 board exams were cancelled on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the cancellation, saying that the health of students is more important. Since then, several state governments had followed the Centre and cancelled the state board exams.
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