Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) issued a public notice on April 14, 2021, stating the postponement of the Class 10 and 12 board examination 2021. Furthermore, students of class 8, 9 and 11 shall be promoted to high classes without any final examination. The decision comes amidst the second wave of coronavirus and the rising number of COVID-19 cases within the state of Rajasthan. RBSE authorities announced the same after a meeting was conducted between the state chief minister and education minister.
India is currently experiencing the second wave of coronavirus. With the country reporting a surge of cases on a daily basis, state and national education boards are postponing/cancelling board exams. Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, announced the postponement of Class 10 and 12 board exams. At the same time, students of standards 8, 9 and 11 shall be promoted to the next grade without conducting any final exam.
Gehlot conducted a meeting with Rajasthan’s education minister, Govind Singh Dotasra on April 14, 2021. The postponement decision comes a day after CBSE announced the postponement of Class 12 board exams. At the same time, CBSE Class 10 board exams were declared cancelled. These students shall be directly promoted to Class 11. A further decision on Class 12 board exams shall be taken on June 01, 2021 after analysing the COVID-19 situation.
RBSE was scheduled to conduct the board exams in May 2021. Similarly, exams for classes 9 and 11 were to be conducted in April 2021. Previously, the state government had announced its decision to promote students of classes 1 to 7.
As per the reports, RBSE shall be issuing passing certificates from May 10, 2021, to students who are promoted to higher classes. The students can acquire these certificates from their respective schools. Besides Rajasthan, various states including Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have also postponed their board exams. Reports also suggest that Himachal Pradesh has also decided to postpone exams for Class 10, 12 and final-year undergraduate (UG) students.
After CBSE gave a nod to postpone the board exams on April 14, 2021, students of various state and central educational boards are also requesting authorities to take a similar call. Today, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) announced that they shall soon take a decision on ICSE (Class 10) and ISC (Class 12) final exams.
Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE, Gerry Arathoon, that they shall take a decision on the impending exams as soon as possible. They shall inform the concerned individuals soon after reaching a consensus.