As exam dates near, HRD keeps tab on ris­ing cases

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Aman­deep Shukla ■ aman­deep.shukla@htlive.com

NEWDELHI: With the pend­ing Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion’s (CBSE) class 10 and 12 ex­ams just two weeks away, the min­istry of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment is keep­ing a close eye on the ris­ing num­ber of coro­n­avirus dis­ease cases in the coun­try, es­pe­cially Delhi and Mum­bai.

The board plans to con­duct the ex­am­i­na­tions be­tween July 1 and July 15. Ex­ams for some of the sub­jects were de­ferred ow­ing to the Covid-19 pan­demic.

“The HRD min­istry is keep­ing a tab on the de­vel­op­ments. The sit­u­a­tion will be re­viewed and not just in Delhi and Mum­bai, the min­istry will have to take note of the sit­u­a­tion across the coun­try. This week is cru­cial and im­por­tant de­ci­sions can be taken,” said a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Mean­while, CBSE is yet to clar­ify its stance on the stu­dents re­sid­ing in con­tain­ment zones, in iso­la­tion or those who have been di­rectly af­fected the vi­ral dis­ease.

The In­dian Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has de­cided to pro­vide the op­tion to stu­dents on whether they want to take the board exam or not.

A CBSE of­fi­cial said that th­ese op­tions ex­isted be­fore it as well but a de­ci­sion would only be taken af­ter a di­rec­tion from the gov­ern­ment. “As of now, we are go­ing ahead with the exam,” said the second of­fi­cial.

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