Defence minister Rajnath Singh to chair crucial meeting today on Class 12 exams

The meeting to be chaired by Rajnath Singh will be attended by state education ministers and secretaries (ANI Photo)

New Delhi, May 23: Union defence minister Rajnath Singh will hold a high-level meeting on Sunday to decide the fate of pending Class 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board examination. On April 14, the education ministry had cancelled Class 10 board examination and delayed the Class 12 board examination amid rising Covid-19 cases in India, saying that the situation will be reviewed on June 1.

Sunday’s meeting will be attended by state education ministers and secretaries. According to documents seen by Hindustan Times, the Centre has proposed to the states to conduct the Class 12 examination for major subjects only.

Nearly 20 of the 174 subjects offered to Class 12 students are considered major subjects by CBSE. Board students take a minimum of five and a maximum of six subjects out of which four are considered major subjects.

The education ministry had invited suggestions from various stakeholders that could also be taken up at the meeting.

While a large section of students and parents have been demanding that the exams be cancelled, school principals have varied views on the possible options that can be explored.