India, April 14 -- On Wednesday, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government decided to postpone the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations for Class 12 students - a review meeting on June 1 will decide subsequent dates. The government also decided to cancel Class 10 board exams - and said results would be deter-mined by an objective criteria developed by the board. The decision comes in the wake of a record number of daily Covid cases across the country - many states and cities have already imposed restrictions; schools in 11 states are closed; health systems are strained; and lives are at stake.

This has been a disruptive year for students - away from their schools and friends, forced to cope ...