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Education Minister's Live Left Questions on JEE, NEET Unanswered, Says CBSE Optional Exams in August

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank goes live

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank goes live

Education Minister did not respond to students' query, assured, "your health and future are our priority".

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will hold board exams for students in August, informed Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in a virtual interaction with students. These exams will be for those students who are not happy with the assessment formula given by the board or think the marks given to them in result (as and when it’s out) are less than what they would have obtained. Students who are in the favour of exams can also apply to appear for these exms. As per the current norm, students will be assessed based on alternative criteria as board exams have been cancelled. The alternative criteria involves year-long assessment of students.

This has come at a time when students are dealing with stress and anxiety related to the result dates, evaluation formula, college admissions, and entrance exams. In his live address via social media platforms including both Facebook and Live, Pokhriyal will address queries of students.

During his interaction with students the minister praised Prime Minister Modi and assured students that their health and future, both are prime concerns of the BJP government. While the minister had asked students to send their queries to him to which several students had replied as well, however, he did not take questions from students.

Most asked queries from students included evaluation criteria and exam dates for students who were to appear for an open mode of exams. The NIOS students are seeking their evaluation criteria while students have also demanded that CUCET or common entrance exam for admission to colleges should be held this year. JEE Main and NEET aspirants had also sought clarity regarding their exams.

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JEE Main and NEET aspirants have also reiterated their long-pending demands for exam dates of the entrance exams. Sources in the ministry had clarified that the JEE Main pending attempts are likely in July while NEET can be postponed till September. It is expected that the Minister would give at least a hint regarding these exams.

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will go live on social media platforms on Friday - June 25 at 4 pm to address queries of students regarding the board exams. While the CBSE has cancelled its class 10 and 12 board exams, Pokhriyal is expected to announce the result dates, as well as talk about college admissions and upcoming competitive exams.

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