Amid growing case of Covid-19 every day in the country, the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) is likely to announce the revised schedule for CBSE board exams, JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 within this week.
All the three have already been extended by the MHRD and likely to be conducted in June and July. But, the current condition of COVID-19 may again force the ministry to postpone all these exams again. Many students and parents have requested the MHRD to do postpone the exams. They are also supported by the education experts who are also saying that this is not the right time to conduct the exam.
The MHRD announced last month to conduct the remaining CBSE class X and XII examinations from July 1 and 15, JEE Main 2020 from July 18-23 and NEET 2020 on July 26.
According to sources, it has been revealed that the MHRD has consulted with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the manner and dates for conducting these examinations again.
“Many states are not in favour of conducting board examinations at all and have suggested that marking in the remaining papers be done on the basis of averaging of other papers and internal assessment done in schools earlier as calling students on examination centres amid rising Covid-19 cases can be very risky,” an official said.
“In such a scenario, the ministry too feels that the board examinations be cancelled and a final decision is likely to be announced by Monday,” The official added.
According to the official, the Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ met with Home Minister Amit Shah recently to discuss these issues. HRD minister also met with the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan last week on the same issue.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha had earlier asked the Centre to consider cancelling the board examinations and the Supreme Court too had asked the CBSE to take a decision in this regard by next week.