New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Ending the wait for lakhs of candidates across the country, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will finally release class 10th and class 12th board exam date sheet on December 31 at 6 pm. This was confirmed by Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' in a tweet on Sunday.

"Major announcement for students and parents! I will announce the date when the exams will commence for students appearing for CBSE board exams in 2021. Stay tuned," the Education Minister tweeted on Sunday.

Generally, the CBSE releases the class 10th and 12th board exam date sheet in November but has not done it this time because most of the schools across the country are closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During an interaction with students and teachers at a webinar, the Union Education Minister had cleared that no board exams would be conducted in January or February due to the pandemic situation. 

"Keeping the current situation in mind, it has been decided that the board exams for classes 10 and 12 will not be conducted till February 2021. A decision on the exam schedule will be taken later after assessment of the situation and more consultations," the Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, as quoted by news agency ANI. 

All schools across the country were closed from March 24 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown. Though the Centre had allowed several schools and educational institutions to reopen from October, most of the states had decided not to do so because of the rising COVID-19 cases. However, a few states since then have opened, or announced plans, to open the schools, while many have decided to keep them closed.  

Posted By: Lakshay Raja