A high-level virtual meeting will be convened on Sunday with all the states/UT education ministers, education secretaries and chairpersons of state examination boards to discuss the proposals for the conduct of exams for Class 12

The meeting will also discuss the entrance examinations for professional courses.

The meeting will be chaired by Union defence minister Rajnath Singh in the presence of Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union minister for women and child Smriti Zubin Irani and Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar.

In a letter written by the Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ to states/UTs, he has stated that the department of school education & literacy, the education ministry and CBSE are exploring options regarding the conduct of examinations, keeping in mind the safety and security of the students and the teachers.

The higher education department is also deliberating upon the finalization of the dates of examinations for institutions of higher learning.

The letter has noted that COVID19 pandemic has affected various areas including the Education sector, particularly the board exams and entrance exams, the Union education ministry said in a statement.

In view of the prevailing situation, almost all the state education boards, CBSE and ICSE have postponed their Class 12 examinations, 2021.

Similarly, the National Testing Agency (NTA) and other national exam conducting institutions have also postponed the entrance exams for admissions to professional courses.

As the conduct of Class 12 examinations impacts upon State Board exams and other entrance exams across the country, and to reduce uncertainty among students it is desirable that a considered decision-based on inputs of different state governments and UT Administrations is taken about Class XII CBSE examinations in the interest of all the students across the country.

Pokhriyal has also sought inputs from all the stakeholders – students, parents, teachers and others through Twitter.

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