Chennai: PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Saturday demanded cancellation of 10th and 12th standard annual exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the 12th class exam to be held by Tamil Nadu board as Covid-19 is spreading fast in the state.

In a statement issued here Ramadoss expressed his shock at CBSE authorities gearing up to hold 10th and 12th standard board exams at a time when Covid-19 pandemic is spreading fast.

Ramadoss said if exams are to be held then CBSE can hold the same online.

In the case of Tamil Nadu state board 12th class exams, Ramadoss said the exams should be cancelled and the students should be declared as pass based on their performance in the school exams.

Interestingly leaders of political parties like PMK and others had recently addressed large assembly election rallies in which thousands of people gathered in close contacts without following the social distancing norms.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday slammed the decision of the education boards in the country, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), to conduct exams under the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the country.

In a tweet, she said: “It is downright irresponsible of boards like the CBSE to force students to sit for exams under the prevailing circumstances. Board exams should either be cancelled, rescheduled or arranged in a manner that does not require the physical presence of children at crowded exam centres.”

Her remarks came a day after both the CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) said that adequate safety arrangements are being made for students and all Covid-19 guidelines will be followed during the exams.

The two boards responded after the hashtag, ‘cancel board exams’ trended on Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday.