Cancellation of CBSE Class XII exams: Vaiko sees ‘conspiracy’ to implement National Education Policy – Times of India

CHENNAI: MDMK leader Vaiko on Wednesday said the Centre’s decision to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams is part of a “conspiracy” to implement the National Education Policy (NEP). He wondered why no announcement was made regarding the cancellation of NEET.

Vaiko urged the Tamil Nadu government to continue with the state education policy of conducting public examinations and admitting students to colleges on the basis of board exam results once the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the board exams after holding a review meeting on the issue and said the decision has been taken in the interest and well being of the students.

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However, there was no mention of NEET. This indicated that NEET would be conducted, Vaiko said. “If so, does the PM not care about the health of the students who are writing the (NEET) exam? Wouldn’t they suffer from depression? Will the students appearing for NEET not contract the virus? ”

As per the National Educational Policy of the Central Government, the performance and marks of the students in the board examination will not be taken into consideration for admission in the colleges. It said that the results of the entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) will be considered for admission to colleges and professional courses.

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“This clearly shows that the central government’s thinking is to do away with the board exams for the students of higher secondary classes,” Vaiko said. He said that this is completely contrary to the policy of the state government to admit students on the basis of their performance in the class XII board examination. Besides, the Tamil Nadu government is categorically against NEET for admitting students to medicine, he said. Therefore, the Tamil Nadu government should remain alert and not fall prey to the ploy of the Centre.

“TN government should announce that the public examination will be conducted once the pandemic is under control. The state has a well-established infrastructure for conducting exams,” Vaiko said.

State School Education Minister Ambil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Wednesday said that the state government will consider conducting the Class XII board exams in two days after receiving feedback from teachers, parents, students, health experts and academicians.

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