In the wake of the rising Coronavirus cases in the country, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the Centre to cancel the CBSE Board Exams 2021 stating that the health and lives of millions of students are at risk. Addressing a press conference in Delhi, the CM said that nearly 6 lakh children are going to appear for the board exams and 1 lakh teachers will be a part of it. He added that these exam Centres could become major hotspots leading to a large-scale spread of corona.
CBSE परीक्षा आने वाली है जिनमें 6 लाख बच्चे परीक्षा में बैठेंगे, 1 लाख टीचर्स इसमें शामिल होंगे। ऐसे में बहुत बड़े स्तर पर संक्रमण फैल सकता है। हमारे लिए बच्चों की सुरक्षा बहुत ज़रुरी है, केंद्र से मेरी अपील है कि CBSE की परीक्षा को रद्द कर कोई और विकल्प अपनाया जाए। pic.twitter.com/2yFi2XmG2Q
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 13, 2021
He urged the youth not to step out of their homes until completely necessary. Taking about the CBSE Board Exams, Kejriwal said– “Some alternative methods could be thought of. Children can be promoted this time on the basis of an online method or an internal assessment. But CBSE Exams should be cancelled.”
The statement from the Delhi chief minister comes at a time when it was reported that the Central Board Of Secondary Education was rethinking its decision to conduct board exams in the month of May, for the students of class 10th and 12th. According to the sources close to the Education ministry, authorities are of the view that it would be “difficult” to conduct board exams at a time when the second wave of the infection is gripping the nation. However, the education ministry is yet to make a decision in this regard.
Kejriwal also urged citizens to donate their plasma as cases continue to rise. “We need to help our neighbours to fight the Covid-19 battle”, he said. Meanwhile, as per the reports, a total of 13,500 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in Delhi. “During the peak in November, 8500 cases were reported, compared to that, we are already reporting 13,500 cases”, Kejriwal added.