Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has written a letter to the central government, urging them to cancel the Class 12th board exams due to the prevailing Covid situation.
The letter was written to the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. Through a letter, FICCI President Uday Shankar has urged that an alternative solution must be devised to determine the academic performance of the students of class 12th.
He further said that postponing is not an option as it will affect those students who want to continue their studies overseas. As on average, more than five lakh students go abroad for further studies.
He said, “Covid cases in the country are still very high, as such, the current situation is not conducive to conduct in-person examination and holding online exams is impractical given the lack of infrastructure, most importantly any further delay will lead to distress among students. Our organization strongly recommends that the board exams of class 12th must be called off.”
On pursuing the higher studies he said, “It is imperative, therefore, the class 12th evaluation process must be completed by mid-July so that there is a smooth transaction to higher education for all the students.”
He further said that the Education ministry must find some out-of-the-box solution to this problem. He said, “As such, a once in a century pandemic calls for an out-of-the-box solution which is in the best interests of students who have already been subjected to a lot of stress and uncertainty.”
The central government has already postponed the board exams of Class 10th, has suggested an alternative marking policy.
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