Andhra Pradesh education minister has announced that the state government is most likely to conduct the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams in July 2021 if situations are conducive to conduct exams by that time. As per latest media reports, the Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Adimulapu Suresh has stated that cancellation of the board exams will be the last resort.
Following the CBSE’s decision to scrap board exams this year due to the pandemic situation, most states in India has decided to follow suit and cancel the exams as well. Alternative assessment criteria for evaluating the merit of candidates is already being decided by most states save a few. Now, if the Andhra Pradesh Education Board conducts the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams this year, they will join with the likes of Assam and Chhattisgarh. Both these states have decided to go with the exams instead of scraping them.
As per latest reports, the Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh has spoken to journalists of ANI and indicated that the government is attempting to conduct the exams this year in the month of July 2021. While speaking to the media on Friday, the Education Minister has reportedly indicated that cancellation of the exams is not on the bucket list as of now and it will only be the last resort for the government to cancel the exams if situations are not at all conducive for conducting the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams.
The Education Minister is of the view that the future of the students registered for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams this year is at stake. He added that cancellation of the exams is an easy decision and such a decision can be taken if there is no other way. However, conducting the exams will ensure that the future of lakhs of candidates will not be jeopardized. Recently, authorities in Gujarat directed that the mark sheet of all candidates passing through mass promotion instead of exams will bear the remarks – passed by mass promotion. Such a remark will indeed be a black spot on the academic career of every student.
The state education minister has indicated that around 40 days’ time is required to conduct the board exams in the state. He has also indicated that the government is also considering conducting competitive exams like JEE and NEET once the situations are more conducive to conduct exams in the state. Registered candidates are advised to keep a regular tab on the official website of the AP State Education Board for further updates.