After Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi and actor Sonu Sood, now Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also urged the Centre’s Narendra Modi government to cancel this year’s CBSE exams in view of the alarming rise in the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a video message, Kejriwal said, “CBSE exams are about to be held. Six lakh children in Delhi are set to appear for CBSE exams. Nearly one lakh teachers will be a part of it. These can become huge hotspots and corona can spread at large-scale level. Children’s lives and health are very important to us. I request the Centre with folded hands that they should cancel CBSE exams.”
Kejriwal said that an alternative method could be devised adding that students could be promoted through internal assessments or exams can be held using the online method.
Kejriwal said that 65% of patients in the latest wave of the pandemic were people below the age of 45 years.
Earlier, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi and actor Sonu Sood had urged the Centre to cancel this year’s CBSE exams.
Priyanka had written, “It is indeed shocking that despite the massive and uncontrolled rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and over 1 lakh new cases coming to light on a daily basis, the CBSE board has issued a circular stating that it is going ahead with the Board exams scheduled in May. Students prepare for these exams for months on end as they determine the future course of their lives. Yet lakhs of children and parents from all over India have been expressing their fears and apprehensions about assembling at exam centres to sit for the exams in the middle of the second wave of COVID-19.”
Sharing a video his appeal, Sonu had tweeted, “I request everyone to support students who are forced to appear for offline board exams in these tough times. With the number of cases rising to 145k a day I feel there should be an internal assessment method to promote them rather than risking so many lives. #cancelboardexam2021.”
Rahul Gandhi, for his part, warned the government to not play with the ‘future of India’s youth’ amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delhi and parts of India are facing a fresh wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with Delhi becoming one of the worst affected cities. The national capital reported over 13,500 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.