Stating that examination centres can emerge as COVID hotspots with the participation of nearly six lakh children and one lakh teachers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the Centre to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education board examinations amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital.
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said, "Six lakh children in Delhi are going to write CBSE exams. Nearly 1 lakh teachers will be a part of it. These can become major hotspots leading to large-scale spreading of Corona. Children's lives & health is very important to us. I request Centre to cancel CBSE exams."
He further stated that the online method or internal assessment can be used to promote students.
"Some alternative methods could be thought of. Children can be promoted this time on the basis of either an online method or internal assessment. But CBSE exams should be cancelled," added the Delhi chief minister.
Meanwhile, Delhi reported 11,491 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry. The national capital recorded 72 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the ministry.
It further said that India's daily new cases continued to rise with the country reporting 1,61,736 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.