New exam schedule will be shared at a later date
Due to the rising number of COVID cases in the State, the West Bengal government has decided not to conduct Madhyamik (class X board exam) and Higher Secondary (HS) or class XII Board exam in June.
Informing the media about the decision, the chief secretary of West Bengal Alapan Bandhyapadhay has said that a new exam schedule for both the exams will be declared at a later date with the assurance that students will get adequate time to prepare.
The Madhyamik exams were to begin on June 1 and conclude on June 10 and the HS 2021 was scheduled to be held between June 15 and July 2.
About 12 lakh students were to take the Madhyamik exam this year and nearly 10 lakh were to sit for their HS exams.
On May 11, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), which conducts the Madhyamik exam, had stated that it will not be possible for the Board to conduct Madhyamik 2021 as per the declared schedule due to the pandemic and had urged the State government to decide if the exam be cancelled or held on a later date.
The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE), which conducts the HS examination, said on May 12 that it was awaiting the State government’s decision about organising the class XII Board examinations because of the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The WBCHSE had earlier announced that for HS 2021 students would appear for the exams from their schools, and had also waived off the class-IX annual exams.
The West Bengal government today had also imposed partial lockdown till May 30 to combat the rising graph of COVID-positive cases in the State.
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