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COVID-19 and exams: Maha MP seeks ‘clear communication’ from Centre

NEW DELHI, APR 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/11/2021 1:29:53 PM IST

Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament (MP) from South Bombay on April 10 wrote to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ asking for “clear communication” from his ministry with regard to conduct of university, college and school exams, as COVID cases are on the rise again.

A unilateral decision by any state would put students of that state at a disadvantage career and opportunity-wise and intervention by the Education Ministry would mean a national consensus, the MP from Shiv Sena said in his letter. Stressing that students’ concerns, especially those raised by Classes 10, 12 board exam students needs to be addressed urgently, Sawant asked the Education Minister to ensure that there is “no discrimination” between students of different states with regard to safety measures or that of “opportunity” between students of different states. 

“Primarily, we have multiple boards operating in India, CBSE, ICSE, state boards, IB, IGCSE to name a few...apart from the state boards, two boards are national...two are international whereby your kind intervention and guidance is needed,” he said.

Exams cancelled for lower classes: Amid COVID scare, the Maharashtra government had previously announced promotion without exams for Classes 1 to 9 and 11. School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday said a decision for Class 10, 12 students will be taken soon. As per the latest updates, Maharashtra SSC and HSC board exams 2021 are scheduled to begin on April 29 and 23, respectively.

Politicians, including Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have questioned CBSE’s decision to conduct exams amid the pandemic.

Actor Sonu Sood Sunday said conducting offline exams will risk “many lives” and suggested “internal assessment” for evaluating students. CBSE’s controller of examinations, Dr Sanyam Bhardwaj recently said the board will “start taking the advice of the doctors into making a proper plan for conducting the examination smoothly.”

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