Today, 23 May 2021, with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and other Union Ministers, Minister of State for Education, Education Ministers and Education Secretaries of various states, amidst an epidemic of pending board exams of 12th During the virtual meeting, CBSE’s 12th exams will be conducted according to media reports. However, the format of the examination can be changed. The announcement of dates for examinations and exam pattern will be announced by CBSE board on 1 June 2021. Similarly, entrance examinations (JEE Main, NEET etc.) will be conducted as per the information received.
States have to give suggestions by 25 May
Along with this, the Central Government appealed to the states to share detailed suggestions on the conduct of board examinations. According to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, “According to the leadership of the Prime Minister, the meeting was very positive and we got many important suggestions. We have appealed to all the states to share their detailed suggestions by 25 May”.
I thank all the Hon'ble Chief Ministers, Education Ministers, and officers associated with the world's largest education system for participating in the high-level meeting chaired by Hon'ble Minister of Defence Shri @rajnathsingh Ji. pic.twitter.com/i4e8p5lH90
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) May 23, 2021
Two options given to the states
During the meeting, two options were given to the states by the Center. According to the first option, the students of class 12 will have to appear in the examination of some selected subjects and on the basis of performance in these subjects marks will be issued for other remaining subjects. At the same time, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia informed about the second option suggested by the Central Government to the states, that the examinations for the students of class 12 can be conducted, but the exam pattern will have to be changed. It will have a single 1.5-hour paper instead of the traditional 3-hour variety of questions and will have only multiple-choice questions. However, the Education Minister of Delhi said, “We opposed both options.”
Many states protested
The Delhi Education Minister, while sharing information about the meeting, said that many states opposed organizing any type of examination and demanded ‘zero exam’ by these states. The Education Minister said that these states were of the opinion that all the candidates should be vaccinated before conducting the board exams as well as JEE and NEET examinations.
On the other hand, Shiksha Varsha Gaikwad of Maharashtra, while sharing information about the meeting, said, “In today’s meeting we discussed that giving students a safe environment is our first priority. The last year has been unfortunate for the students. Kovid-19 epidemic. “The second wave is going on and the third wave is also likely to come.”
Board and entrance examinations were to be held today
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ attended a meeting chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and with other Union Ministers today i.e. on May 23, 2021. In this meeting, the organization of JEE Main and NEET (UG) 2021 and other entrance exams, including 12th board examinations of the Central Board – CBSE and CISCE were discussed. The meeting was attended by both Union Ministers as well as Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre and Education Ministers, Education Secretaries and State Examination Boards of all states and union territories across the country. Presidents and stakeholders also participated. This virtual meeting was held today, May 23 from 11.30 am.
Education Minister gave information
At the same time, the Union Minister of Education gave information in a tweet yesterday, May 22, 2021. Accordingly, all the Education Ministers and Secretaries of the State Government have been requested to attend this meeting and share their views regarding the upcoming examinations. This virtual meeting was to be held on May 23, 2021 from 11.30 am
The Hon’ble Prime Minister has desired that any decision affecting the careers of his beloved students has to be taken in wide consultations with all State Governments & Stakeholders. I recently held a meeting with the State Education Secretaries in this regards. (1/4)
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) May 22, 2021
Let me tell you that before this, a meeting has been done on this subject under the chairmanship of the education minister of the country, Ramesh Pokhriyal, in which Ramesh Pokhriyal had asked for suggestions from all the states. During this time instructions were given to join education secretaries of all the states.