The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday postponed CBSE Class 12, CBSE Class 10 Board exams due to coronavirus outbreak in India. The Class 10, Class 12 CBSE Board exams will now be rescheduled after March 31. The decision comes after the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) ordered CBSE to postpone exams. The deadly novel coronavirus has claimed three lives in India so far while 151 COVID-19 positive cases have been recorded as on Wednesday.
Class 10, Class 12 Board Exams postponed: CBSE statement
"All ongoing CBSE examinations in India and abroad postponed till March 31 and will be rescheduled thereafter... after an assessment of the situation. All ongoing evaluation work will be suspended during the period," CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.
CBSE Board exams postponed: HRD Ministry's statement
"While maintenance of academic calendar and exam schedule is important, equally important is safety and security of students who are appearing in various examinations as also of their teachers and parents," HRD secretary Amit Khare said in official communication.
Earlier, CBSE came out with an advisory. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had directed board examination centres to ensure sitting arrangement with adequate distance between students to contain the coronavirus spread. "It shall be responsibility of examination centres to ensure that candidates for board exams are seated at a distance of one metre from one another. For wherever the size of room doesn't permit that, the examinees can be split into other rooms. The exam invigilators should wear masks or cover face with handkerchiefs during exams."