The CBSE Class 12 board exams have been cancelled "in the interest of students" amid the raging pandemic, the government announced on Tuesday. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE) has also cancelled the Class 12 exams. The evaluation criteria for Class 12 students will be released soon.
"Anxiety among students, parents and teachers must be put to an end, and students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation," a government statement quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying.
As soon as the decision to scrap the exams was announced, several students and parents took to Twitter to express their thoughts. While most of them applauded the decision, some of the tweets by students expressed their disappointment.
"Good! Let our kids utilize their valuable time being home to experiment all that they learnt at institution. Brain work to be supported by their parents in finding new ways or needful inventions. This is the time for students to use their time at hand valuably," wrote one Twitter user. "Respect sir. Great decision," was the reaction of , Anubha Shrivastava SahaiPresident of India-wide Parents Association Lawyer and child rights activist.
Great????????— Soum_Speaks (@Soum17785045) June 1, 2021
Jaan Hai toh Jahaan Hai
Good! Let our kids utilize their valuable time being home to experiment all that they learnt at institution. Brain work to be supported by their parents in finding new ways or needful inventions. This is the time for students to use their time at hand valuably.— Raghav (@bsbraghav) June 1, 2021
Several Twitter users called the decision to keep the safety of students as priority "historic".
Thnk u government ...for this glad news ...I filled with joy ...this is golden and historic decision...in favour of everyone and gud for future developer (children).......once again thnk u government for this welfare decision....— Sanjana Tiwari (@Sanjana06888633) June 1, 2021
Students life is more important than any exam. Good decision.— Anjana Rajput???? (@Anjana_09) June 1, 2021
Lottery lag gyi 12th ke students ki.....????????????#CBSE12thExamCancelled
Some of the students seemed disappointed with the decision. "We want to give exams.Covid is just an excuse," said one, "Pls don't do this. I have studied day and night for board exams, tweeted another.
We want to give exams.Covid is just an excuse.— Shubham (@edgbaston__149) June 1, 2021
~ Honest student
Those students who want to take the exams would be provided with such an option as and when the situation becomes conducive, the government has informed.
The social media platform has also been flooded with memes and jokes around students' reaction to the decision to cancel the exams.
12th students rn pic.twitter.com/7NQgHBRLlk— Aparna????♀ (@AppeFizzz) June 1, 2021
Students After Hearing This— Dr Khushboo ???? (@khushbookadri) June 1, 2021
Several students appealed for the cancellation of the state board exams, too.
All state students are also facing this pandemic sir, cancel state board exams too, they have lives & their parents are worried abt their kids. Hear them & plz order for cancelation of state 12th boards, thank you. Congratulations cbse students, but also tweet for state students.— Mr.Gaonkar (@sankalp_gaonkar) June 1, 2021
Sir,what about state boards? Please take any decision on all state boards ????????....I hope you will take a good decision.#cancelapboardexams2021— P Khushal (@PKhushal1) June 1, 2021
The government has said that the state governments will take their own decisions over conducting the exams.
The decision to cancel CBSE Class 12 exams was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by PM Modi in which it was decided that the boardwill take steps to compile the results of Class 12 students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.