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Jharkhand cancels Class 10 and 12 exams due to COVID-19

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Ranchi, June 10: The Jharkhand government on Thursday cancelled the matriculation and intermediate examination to be conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) in the wake of the second wave of Covid pandemic. 
“Today, in view of the circumstances arising out of Covid-19 and the demand of students and parents, I have decided to cancel the 10th and 12th examinations to be conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council in this session,” Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren tweeted on Thursday evening. 
Significantly, the class 10 (matriculation) and class 12 (intermediate) exams were scheduled to be held from March 9 to March 26, 2021 in strict compliance with Covid 19 protocols. However as cases continued to rise the exams were postponed from May 4 to May 21. 

The  Chief Minister Hemant Soren had in May said, “Holding Class 12 board exams in the state would not be appropriate in the wake of the present COVID-19 situation.” “If the suggestions received from the stakeholders are considered, there is a consensus on postponement of the examination… People feel that maintaining social distance will not be possible if the exams are conducted and children can get infected.”
According to sources in the JAC, over 4.50 lakh examinees had registered for class 10 exams while nearly 3.35 lakh had registered for intermediate exams in various streams. The JAC had nearly 1200 exam centers in intermediate level and 3,400 centers in matriculation level. 

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