Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Saturday night announced the cancellation of the twelfth state board exam in view of the second wave of Kovid-19 in the state.

The state government had in the last three days discussed holding examinations with parents, teachers, academics, health experts and political parties.

“Although the board had mixed views on taking the exams, it wanted to ensure the safety of all children. The second wave of Kovid-19 is still rampant in the state and health experts have also predicted a third wave. However, the state government cannot do this. “Vaccinate 12th graders and children under the age of 18,” Stalin said in a statement.

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He said that the state government is still adamant on its policy of taking admission on 12th basis on the basis of 12th standard examination marks. “However, doctors say that postponing the exams will have a psychological impact on the students. The state government is canceling the 12th standard state board exams based on medical advice and other recommendations,” he said.

The state government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of school education secretary Kakarla Usha to decide on the modalities for awarding marks for admission in higher education institutions. Based on the report of the committee, marks will be awarded and admission will be made on the basis of these marks, Stalin said.

He said the state government has canceled board exams in view of the epidemic, but it would not be possible to take all-India level exams like NEET. “I have written to the Prime Minister to cancel all the entrance exams. Even if the exams are canceled due to the health of the students, we will ensure that admission to higher educational institutions is not affected, ‚ÄĚStalin said.