Amid coronavirus fear, the government has locked down several places and also closed schools, colleges, including board examinations and competitive exams. Earlier, the Union government had directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), JEE (Main) to postponed their ongoing examination due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
On March 19, CISCE has also cancelled its ongoing ISC (class 12) and ICSE (Class 10) exam across the country. As of now, examinations which were supposed to be conducted between March 19 to March 31. The order also includes the re-examination for students in North-east Delhi where board exams were postponed due to the violence against CAA.
Meanwhile, all the new dates of the examination will be notified to students after 31st March after ‘re-assessment of the situation”.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) also put the Joint Entrance Exam JEE (Main) exam on hold which was scheduled to be held on April 5, 7, 8 and 9.
According to the reports in The Indian Express, “We will announce a fresh date soon.” JEE (Main) is the entrance examination for admission to the National Institutes of Technology.
In a view of the safety of students, the HRD Ministry has requested the state government to rescheduled all the ongoing state board exams for Class 10th and Class 12th.
“For now, Uttar Pradesh has put all examinations on hold, on its own, till April 2. Other state governments will take a call on our request after approval from the authorities concerned,” the above officer added.
In India, at least 169 confirmed cases of coronavirus has been reported while three people died due to the deadly virus.