The government of Tamil Nadu on Saturday announced the cancellation of state board exams of class XII and said a committee would be set up to decide on awarding marks to students. Chief Minister, while announcing this, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel all national level entrance tests like National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and allow Tamil Nadu to fill professional seats including the MBBS based on class 12 marks alone.

The state government said the decision to call off the board exam was in view of the continuing high prevalence of the second wave of COVID-19 in several parts of Tamil Nadu and also considering the chances of a third wave. Following consultations with stakeholders, including teachers, educationists and medical experts, Mr.Stalin said “the class 12 board examination for this year is cancelled,” adding that the decision was taken considering the well-being of students.

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