The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) has postponed the exams for Class 10 and Class 12. The decision has been taken due to the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state.
The examinations for the diploma in pre-school education (vocational course) have also been delayed.
The state government's official School Education Department has announced on Twitter that the exams will now be held in June.
The Class 10 and Class 12 exams were going to begin from 30 April and 1 May, respectively. Now as per the notification, the exams will be held in the first week of June.
In another preventive measure, the state government has announced summer vacations for Class 1 to 8 students from 15 April to 13 June.
A notification released on Twitter states, "In view of the COVID-19 situation in the state, it has announced summer vacations from 15 April to 13 June for the government and state-aided schools from Classes 1 to 8". For teachers, the summer vacation will be up to 9 June.
Earlier in the day, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced the cancellation of Class 10 board exams.
Similarly, Class 12 Board exams have also been postponed. The Ministry will announce the new dates at least 15 days prior to the exams.
Currently, there are more than 13 lakh active cases in India. A total of 1,72,085 people have lost their lives due to coronavirus, as per data on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.