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Covid-19: Delhi CM Kejriwal requests Centre to cancel CBSE board exams

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed to the Centre to cancel the Class 10 and 12 board exams or explore alternative methods, including online exams

Coronavirus | board exams | CBSE

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

File photo: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi has reported over 13,500 cases in 24 hours, Chief Minister said on Tuesday and appealed to the Centre to cancel the Class 10 and 12 and explore alternative methods, including onine exams.

Warning that conducting the exams may contribute to the large-scale spread of the virus, he said the centres could emerge as major hotspots.

"Six lakh children in Delhi are going to write exams. Nearly one lakh teachers will be a part of it. These (the centres) can become major hotspots leading to large-scale spreading of corona. Children's lives and health are very important to us. I request the Centre to cancel the exams," he said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The Central Board of Secondary Education can explore other methods, including online exams and promoting students on the basis of internal assessments, he said.

"Several countries have done it, some states in India are doing it too. Some alternative methods could be thought of. Children can be promoted this time on the basis of either an online method or internal assessment. But the exams should be cancelled," he added.

The Class 10 and 12 exams are scheduled to begin on May 4. With the exponential increase in cases, the chorus for cancellation or postponing the is growing.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, April 13 2021. 13:03 IST