INDIA. New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to the Central Board of Secondary Education to cancel the board exams for Classes X and XII owing to the fourth wave of COVID-19 cases in the national capital.
The chief minister said the city recorded 13,500 cases in the past 24 hours, the highest to date. The toll is increasing with around 72 people dying within a day.
“Around 6 lakh children will write these exams and 1 lakh teachers will be involved. These exam centers can become hotspots. The health and well-being of children are very important. I appeal to CBSE with folded hands that the board exams be canceled. Some other method of evaluation can be thought of – online or internal assessment perhaps,” said Kejriwal. He added that many countries and Indian states have also canceled the exams.
However, officers said it was too early to indicate the exact changes to the schedule.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra and the Madhya Pradesh Board have announced the postponement of their board exams.
He appealed to the youth to stay home for their safety and to step outside only if necessary and also urged them to follow all COVID-19 related protocols and precautions. He also appealed to all those above the age of 45 to get the vaccination which is free at government hospitals and many centers.
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The government is also attaching banquet halls and hotels with hospitals so that the not-so-serious patients can be admitted there.
“If someone needs oxygen only, they can be shifted to these places, where hospital staff will administer oxygen. If we are able to manage the health infrastructure, we will get past this,” Kejriwal said.
He also said that doctors in hospitals will be assessing the hospitalization needs of those admitted in hospitals already.
“Every patient in the hospital is being checked to see if they need hospitalization or not. Those who can recover at home will be requested to go back. We will monitor you regularly. If you feel ill again, you will be brought back to the hospital. Please cooperate with doctors. We have to take care of the entire city. Every life is precious,” he said.