West Bengal govt scraps pre-board exams for Class 10, 12 students
As per the directions of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, no selection exams will be held and students will be allowed to directly sit for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams instead.
November 11, 2020 / 11:30 PM IST
The West Bengal government headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on November 11 that pre-boards or selection exams, which are usually held in January, will not be held in the year 2021 for the upcoming Class 10th and 12th board exams.
The West Bengal Education Department decided to cancel the pre-board exams for students of Classes 10th and 12th on account of the coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged school closure.
As per the directions of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, they will be allowed to directly sit for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams instead.
Also, the final board exams of Classes 10 and 12 are likely to get postponed in West Bengal, government sources have revealed. A final decision on this matter will be taken in December 2020.
Commenting on the re-opening of schools in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said a decision on this is will not be taken before mid -November.
The Union Ministry of Education has allowed the gradual reopening of schools and other educational institutions across India under its latest unlock guidelines, but the Bengal government is yet to clarify its stance on the issue of resuming physical classes amid the pandemic.
The Bengal Chief Minister had already announced earlier that a decision on reopening schools would only be taken after Kali Puja, that is, after November 15. The decision would depend on the COVID-19 situation in Bengal at the time.
West Bengal has a total coronavirus tally of 4,13,112, with 33,444 active cases, and 7,403 deaths.