West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on behalf of the state education department, has recently stated that there will be no pre-final exams for the class X and class XII students in 2021. Candidates will be allowed to appear for the final exams directly.
She said- “Students could not go to schools due to Covid-19 pandemic. The education department has taken a decision that those willing to take the 2021 Madhyamik (Class X) and Uccha-Madhyamik (Class XII) exams will not be required to clear any test. They will be allowed to sit for these (two) examinations”.
Schools have remained closed in West Bengal since March this year. Amidst the continuously rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, the governing body has made up its mind to not open the schools before mid-November. While the online classes have substituted the physical classes in these tough times, many students are facing troubles in availing such facilities due to lack of either internet facility or smart phones.
CM Mamta Bannerjee has also stated that her government will recruit 16,500 teachers soon and the TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) recruitment process will commence in December and January through offline interviews. Also, the decision to reopen schools will only be taken after mid-November.
Banerjee also said that “the offline examinations for the next TET, in which around 2,50,000 candidates have applied, will be held as soon as possible”.