The West Bengal Board for Secondary Education (WBBSE) has decided to promote the students belonging to classes 6 to 9 to the next class without the conduction of annual examinations for this academic year, as a one-time measure.
The decision to promote these students without any annual examination has been made in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This will be applicable for all the students who are currently studying in state-run or state-aided schools in West Bengal.
“However whenever the school opens and classes begin regularly, the teachers will have to first revise the old syllabus completely in the interest of students,” before taking up any new chapter, a board official told PTI on Tuesday.
WBBSE has issued a letter to the headmasters of all state-run and state-aided schools in West Bengal on December 7, asking them to promote the students of classes 6 to 9 without the conduction of annual examinations this year.
No selection test for class 10 candidates
Apart from the promotion of class 6 to 9 students to the next class for this academic session, WBBSE has also asked the schools to implement the rule stating that no selection tests will be held for class 10 (madhyamik) candidates next year, in view of the pandemic.
“However, for the sake of preparedness by the students, the schools can hold mock tests if deemed necessary,” the official said. There is no word or advisory on the part of the state government about the possible date of reopening of schools.
Partha Chatterjee, education minister of West Bengal, had also recently announced that the matter of reopening schools will only be considered once the Covid-19 pandemic situation is under control, for the safety of the students.