#CancelAllBoardExams: Students in India, Pakistan campaign on Twitter

Coronavirus: Students are appealing to their prime ministers, Narendra Modi and Imran Khan, to cancel board exams citing COVID-19.

#CancelAllBoardExams: Students in India, Pakistan campaign on Twitter Students in India and Pakistan are demanding Board exam cancellation (picture source:Twitter)
Abhay Anand | May 21, 2021 - 12:08 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Schools students in both India and Pakistan seem to have found a common cause -- getting their board exams cancelled. Over Thursday and Friday, thousands appealed to their respective governments and prime ministers -- Narendra Modi and Imran Khan -- to cancel their exams due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Large sections from both groups have been gathering their posts on Twitter with at least one common hashtag, #CancelAllBoardExams.

A section of Class 12 students and their parents in India have been demanding cancellation of the Class 12 board examinations due to the devastating increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in India. Indian students are appealing to PM Modi as well as the education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other board exams. The students’ Pakistani counterparts addressed their tweets to their federal education minister, Shafqat Mahmood.

Class 10 board exams

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE 2021) announced the cancellation of Class 10 boards exams and postponed Class 12 exams in April. Many other states followed suit including Maharashtra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh.

Now, a large section of students are demanding cancellation of the Class 12 board exams and to be evaluated on their past performance and internal assessment. However, an association of CBSE schools, the National Council of CBSE Schools, has urged Ramesh Pokhriyal not to cancel Class 12 exams.

Deepak Malviya requested PM Modi to cancel exams saying, “We students of 12th are tired due to the uncertainty and delaying of exams.”

Another student sought “#InternalAssessmentForAll” and continuous evaluation and argued that even international boards have cancelled exams.

Student activist Anurag Tyagi pointed to the rising cases of black fungus as yet another factor. Black fungus cases have been on the rise as a side effect of COVID-19 treatment.

A student from Pakistan asked: “How can an intelligent student give an exam in mental pressure with no preparation ?? This is not fair!!”

“Some people like marks not life but a lot of students want life not marks. And you didn’t give us time to prepare for studies,” wrote another student from Pakistan.

Students have also found the support of celebrities. Singer Armaan Malik wrote on Twitter: “I have no clue how the education setup is working currently in this scenario and maybe I don’t have accuracy in what I am talking about.. but I just feel for the students who have to go out there and give exams under such messed up conditions. That’s all”

Another tweet argued that a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be coming in India and holding exams would risk lives.

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