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Priyanka Gandhi says safety and health of Class 12 students matter

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. File

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. File

On a day when the Centre convened a high-level meeting to decide on holding the Boards exams for Class XII students, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra questioned the Narendra Modi government for stretching the decision for months and pitched for cancelling the exams by stating that the safety and health of students matters.

The high-level meeting, convened by the Education Ministry, will be chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and will include Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. Education Ministers and Secretaries of all States and Union Territories have been asked to attend the meeting

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Ms. Vadra said children were under immense pressure and it was unfair and insensitive to expect children to take their exam “wearing all sorts of protective gear for hours at a stretch, day after day”.

“Students studying for the CBSE 12th grade examinations have been sharing their concerns about these exams being held during the second wave of Covid - 19 pandemic. Their health and safety MATTERS. Why are we not learning our lessons? Gatherings in closed spaces promote the spread of COVID. This wave has shown that children are vulnerable to new strains,” Ms. Vadra said.

The Congress general secretary, who had been pushing for cancellation of the exams earlier, pointed out that many of the students were likely to have family members who were affected with COVID-19, too, and that would add to their present level of stress.

“I fail to understand the reasoning behind holding these exams, not to mention having stretched this decision out for months. I have said this before and am repeating it again. The mental health of children is as important as their physical well being. It’s about time our education system incorporates sensitivity towards children’s well being and starts taking these issues seriously,” Ms. Vadra said.


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