Priyanka Gandhi urges to cancel CBSE class 10, 12 board exams
Guwahati: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has urged Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to consider canceling board exams for CBSE class 10 and 12 as the country grapples with an alarming rise in COVID-19 rise.
Gandhi Vadra, who is self-isolating at her Delhi home after her husband, Robert Vadra, tested positive for COVID-19, wrote to Pokhriyal to underline the “fears and apprehensions.. of lakhs of children and parents from all over India”, and pointed out the contradiction in warning adults against congregating in large numbers while children would have to do the same.
“… practically impossible to ensure the safety of students… it is not just the students who will be at risk but also their teachers, invigilators, and family members… as state after state issues guidelines preventing the assembly of large numbers of people in public places, what moral ground can we stand on while forcing children to do exactly that…” Gandhi Vadra said in her letter.
“Aside from this (the risk of the virus spreading), by forcing children to sit for these exams during a raging pandemic, the government and the CBSE board will be held responsible in the event any exam centre proves to be a (Covid) hotspot… might want to consider whether they are prepared to own legal liability for students and others who might be severely afflicted…” she wrote.
Priyanka further said that political leaders have the responsibility to “protect and guide the young”. By forcing children to assemble in large numbers, their physical health and psychological well-being are placed on the line by the government, and this will deeply impact them, she added.
The Congress leader also said that children need to be given “the support, encouragement, and protection that is due to them at this very trying time”.
“They are rightfully requesting that the exams be canceled under the prevailing circumstances. I do hope that the Government will engage in a dialogue with schools, students, and their parents so that a safer way for them to fulfill their educational obligations can be found,” she wrote.