CBSE postpones class 12 exams in Delhi

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday postponed the board examination of standard XII scheduled for Thursday, that is, on the 27th February 2020 for the areas of north - east Delhi affected by communal riots. The rescheduled date for the exam is yet to be announced by the board. However, the exams will be conducted in other parts of Delhi as per the predefined schedule.

The exams that have been postponed for standard XII are of English Elective (001), English Elective C (101) and English core (301).

The Delhi high court says that it will not allow another 1984 riot pointing to the communal violence that has disturbed the national capital for the past many days. The withering comments came after the High Court reinstituted, hearing on the Delhi riots.

“Take decision on board exams in northeast Delhi centres to be held on Feb 27, 28 and 29 by 5 pm and inform public by 6 pm,” said Justice Shakdher.

A statement issued on Wednesday by Anurag Tripathi, CBSE Secretary, stated “Considering the request of Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi and to avoid inconvenience to students, staff and parents, the Board has decided to postpone the following subject exams scheduled for 27.02.2020 in North East Part of Delhi.”

Over the last three days, 20 people have been killed and over 180 injured in communal conflicts in northeast Delhi due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

A private school, Bhai Parmanand Vidya Mandir, at Surya Niketan in east Delhi, and some of its class X and XII students expressed their worry in front of the court that the centre allotted to them by the CBSE was 16 km away from their school and situated in Chandu Nagar-Karawal Nagar road, one of the violence-hit areas. They have urged the court to direct CBSE to change the examination centre from New Sandhya Public School to a centre located in east Delhi district with proper infrastructure and security, as it was hard for them to reach at the current centre due to violent clashes and riots in the area.

While hearing the matter, the court had said on Tuesday that safety of the children cannot be put at risk and had directed CBSE to decide at the earliest on rescheduling Wednesday’s board exam.

As per confirmation from the police officials of the concerned area, the registrar general of the high court had informed the court on Tuesday that the situation was tense and the court was looking at the situation from the point of view of children’s safety.

As stated in the plea filed by advocate Kamal Gupta, the “violent clashes and riots have posed a serious threat and danger to the life of the students and their parents, in as much as they have no option but to reach the centre come what may be the situation of the area around the centre; reaching the centre not only involves mental agony, trauma and stress for the students and their parents, but also poses grave and palpable threat to the life and limb”.

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