On Tuesday, thousands of students launching a social-media protest demanded the cancellation of Board exams 2021 due to the surge in Coronavirus cases across the country. Students of Maharashtra joined by the students from other states and helped in trending a campaign with #cancelboardexams2021 on top of the trends on Micro-blogging site Twitter.
The campaign is launched just ahead of 'Pariksha Pe Charcha', a virtual interaction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with students, parents and teachers to be held on 7th April at 7 PM. Students from Maharashtra demand the cancellation of classes 10 and 12 board exams citing the eruption of covid-19 cases in the state, as Maharashtra is bearer of more than 60 percent of daily Coronavirus cases in India.
The campaign was aimed to make authorities reconsider their decision on holding Board exams 2021 amid a surge in Covid-19 cases specifically in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Board has scheduled to conduct Class 10th Board exams from April 29 to May 20, while the Class 12 exams shall be conducted from April 23 to May 21. However, State Education Department has decided to promote Class 1 to 8 students of Maharashtra board schools, without holding exams.
On one hand, the CBSE and other state boards are stern on their decisions on holding board exams at least for classes 10 and 12 and on the other hand millions of students urge the concerned authorities to cancel or postpone the exams for now, as the cases of COVID-19 are crossing one lakh mark in the second wave.
Here are reactions from the students demanding cancellation of board exams 2021-
10 व12वीच्या students marks देण्यासाठी काही पर्याय— Soham Deore (@SohamDeore3) April 7, 2021
10वी - शाळेतील वर्ष भराच्या कामगिरी वर marks देणे
12वी -10वी ला मिळालेले marks काही प्रमाणात कमी करुन 12वीला देणे #cancelboardexams2021 @scertmaha@anubha1812 @EkIndia13004645 @VarshaEGaikwad
#cancelboardexams2021— NITIN RANJAN (@theranjan1212) April 7, 2021
Student can't be vaccinated like adults .
So on what purpose officials are saying there will be full safety , wearing masks and sanitising can't be safety point !#cancelboardexams2021 #cancelboardexams2021
On other hand, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has assured that it would take ample measures to ensure the safety and security of students appearing in the exams. Board has hinted at increasing the number of exam centers by 45-50 percent in order to ensure social distancing and following of Covid-19 protocols.