The board examinations for classes 10 and 12 will be held in June one after another, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced on Wednesday (December 23). The class 10 (Madhyamik) exams will be held first and the class 12 (Ucchya Madhyamik) examinations after that, he said.

The exams are usually held between February and March every year. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had earlier ruled out conducting board examinations till February next year in view of the COVID-19 situation.

“We have accepted the recommendations of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and the West Bengal Council of Higher Education Education on holding the exams on later dates in view of the pandemic situation,” Chatterjee said.

“If the situation changes, the board and council will take decisions accordingly,” he added.

On Tuesday (December 22), Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said there is no proposal to conduct board examinations in February 2021. Along with this the Union Ministry of Education has clarified that other procedures related to the board examinations will also be given additional time.

Giving information about the upcoming central board examinations, Nishank said, “The process of board examinations will no longer be started in January-February this time.”

Usually the board examinations start from the last week of February. There are also various practical examinations conducted during January every year.

In the 22nd edition of ‘Shiksha Samvad’, the Education Minister in a live interaction with teachers held extensive discussions on online education, board exams, entrance tests, evaluation process, teacher training and other education-related issues.

The CBSE board exams would not be held online in 2021 and the students will be writing the exams with pen and paper as in the past. The CBSE officials have clarified that there is no proposal to conduct the board examinations online. However, the exam dates have not been decided yet.

Many parents have demanded that the dates of the board exams be extended by nearly three months and have sent a proposal to the Union Ministry of Education on this. On the subject of a dialogue with the teachers, Nishank said, “I have always been keen to interact with teachers, understand their hopes and aspirations and work accordingly. When I speak of teachers, it reminds me of my early days as a teacher.”

(With agency inputs)

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