Monday, 22 June 2020
Will CBSE, JEE, NEET exams be cancelled? HRD Ministry to issue update on Monday
After a group of parents filed a petition at the Supreme Court to cancel the CBSE exams amidst the pandemic, the apex court gave an order for the same. However, final decisions are still awaited and on Monday, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal is expected to give an update whether the exams would be postponed or conducted.
Since CBSE, NEET and JEE are all supposed to be conducted in the month of July, and the Covid-19 cases in India are still rapidly rising, the HRD minister will give an update on all of these exams.
CBSE had informed the Supreme Court that a decision would be made on the CBSE exams in July within June 23.
Review meetings conducted by HRD ministry
In light of the problems in conducting exams, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal conducted review meetings with CBSE, NTA, and the School Education and Literacy department of MHRD.
The examination schedule and the business of schools reopening were discussed and Pokhriyal said that the ministry’s priority was the safety and security of students and teachers.
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Would it be possible to cancel the CBSE exams?
Since CBSE has already cancelled exams in its 250-odd schools abroad, the petition filed by the parents also noted that the same could be done in India for the safety of students and their families.
They could be marked on the basis of their internal examinations this year, the petition stated.
With Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha governments having requested the HRD ministry to cancel the CBSE exams, an official told Indian Express that the ministry too feels the same way about it and that it was very likely that the cancellation announcement would be made on Monday, June 22.
Would it be possible to cancel JEE and NEET?
Unlike the CBSE school examinations, JEE and NEET are a tad more important for the career of lakhs of students and are highly important for engineering and medical college admissions all over India.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) which is the conducting agency of these exams is yet to take a decision.
Certain ways are being thought of to tackle the situation such as carrying out the exams online or in a phased manner to avoid exam centre crowding.
Some states have even requested for JEE and NEET to be cancelled completely for this year and instead carry out college admissions using class 12 marks.