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West Bengal cancels Class 10, 12 state board exams

West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. File photo: AITC

Kolkata, June 7 (MNN) The West Bengal government on Monday announced the cancellation of the Class 10 and 12 state board examinations for this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Thank you very much for sending us your valuable opinions and suggestions. The government of West Bengal thus arrives at the decision of cancelling the Madhyamik/Uchhamadhyamik examinations for 2021.

“We will work out the best possible way to secure the future of our children,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) conducts examinations for students of Class 10 annually across the state.

On May 27, the state government had announced that the board examinations would be conducted in July and August at home centres.

Earlier, the board exams were scheduled to be held from June 1 to 10, 2021, but were postponed due to a surge in coronavirus cases in the eastern state.

She had tweeted on Sunday that the state government had formed an expert committee to decide on the conduct of Class 10 and 12 board exams in 2021.

“Our children’s future is my greatest priority. To this regard, we have set up an expert committee… we are also inviting views and opinion from parents, general public, sector experts, civil society and students.”

She had urged each one of the stakeholders to send in their feedback through emails on the issue by 2 pm on June 7.

On Sunday, Principal Secretary of School Education Department said that the state government had formed an experts’ committee to review the situation and recommend whether to conduct or not the secondary and higher secondary examinations in 2021.

The panel was also to decide the mode of conduct of the examinations if it was to be done, and the mode of evaluation criteria for assessment if not.

The government had invited views and opinion from the general public, guardians and parents, students on the above points through emails at pbssm.spo@gmail.com, commissionerschooleducation@gmail.com, and wbssed@gmail.com.

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