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‘Irresponsible Of CBSE To Hold Exams Amid Covid Spike’: Priyanka Gandhi

By Priyanka Verma 
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‘Irresponsible Of CBSE To Hold Exams Amid Covid Spike’: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday slammed the authorities for their decision to conduct board examinations amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and said the education system needs to ‘drastically alter its attitude’. The added pressure of having to appear for examinations, even as the country reeled under the pandemic, will affect the mental health of children, she said.

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“While corona is ravaging our country again, the added pressure of exams is bound to affect the mental health of children. Our education system needs to drastically alter its attitude and start reflecting sensitivity and compassion towards children rather than just talk ..about at their conclaves and conferences,” she tweeted.

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Demanding that the exams be cancelled or rescheduled, she said the students should not be mandated to appear for them at examination centres.

“It is downright impossible of boards like the CBSE to force students to sit for exams under the prevailing circumstances. Board exams should either be cancelled, rescheduled, or arranged in a manner that does not require the physical presence of children at crowded exam centres”,she added.

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The Class 10 exams are scheduled to be held between May 4 and June 7 and those for Class 12 would be held between May 4 and June 15, according to the revised CBSE date sheet. Over a lakh students of classes 10 and 12 had earlier signed petitions urging the government to either cancel the exams or to hold them online. The hashtag “cancelboardexams2021” has been trending on Twitter over the past few days.

In response, according to a PTI report, the CBSE said, “The number of exam centres has been increased by 40-50 per cent to ensure social distancing. The staff at exam centres is being sensitised to ensure all guidelines are followed.” No statements have been issued regarding the postponement of the CBSE board exams 2021.

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