New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) unable to conduct board exams across the country in wake of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Delhi government on Tuesday urged the Centre to promote Class 10 and 12 students based on internal exams.

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, in a series of tweets, also called for reduction of syllabus by up to 30 per cent, adding that JEE, NEET and other entrance exams be taken on the basis of the reduced syllabus. 

"I joined a discussion today with the Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank ji and other education ministers of the country and made the following suggestions," Sisodia Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.

"It will not be possible to conduct the remaining exams of CBSE 10th and 12th exams so children should be passed on the basis of internal exams as children of 9th and 11th have been passed," he said.

"For the next year, the entire syllabus should be reduced by at least 30 per cent and the entrance examinations of JEE, NEET and other higher education institutions should also be taken on the basis of reduced syllabus," he wrote.

The development came after Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank called a meeting of state education ministers to discuss the COVID-19 situation and the midday meal programme. He said that midday meals will be provided to students even during the summer vacations in schools.  

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 on Centre's order following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on March 25 to control the spread the virus of the deadly virus. 

The CBSE had earlier postponed the pending examinations of both Class 10 and Class 12 students in March before the lockdown was announced in the first phase on March 24.

Earlier this month, the CBSE announced that will conduct class 10 and 12 examinations for only 29 main subjects which are crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions.

The board had decided to promote class 1 to 8 students. It added that Class 9 and 11 students should also be promoted based on their school-based assessments. It is worth mentioning that CBSE was unable to hold exams on eight days after March 18 due to novel coronavirus.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta