West Bengal Board Exam 2021: No pre-boards for Madhyamik, HS students

West Bengal Board Exam 2021: No pre-boards for Madhyamik, HS students

KOLKATA: Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinees would not have to appear for selection tests this academic session as the students could not attend school due to the pandemic, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday after the state cabinet meeting in Nabanna. The CM also indicated that Madhyamik, which is usually held in February, and HS in March, were likely to be postponed.
Only those students who clear the selection tests, usually held in November and December, are allowed to sit for the state board exams for Class X and XII. But it was decided to do away with the tests after a suggestion was received by Banerjee from both West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education. The syllabus reform committee, Madhyamik board and HS Council are also yet to inform candidates about curtailing the syllabi, based on which the board exams will be conducted.
Banerjee also announced that the state cabinet had decided to fill 16,500 posts for primary school teachers. Around 20,000 candidates, who have cleared TET, will appear for the interview. Banerjee directed the state education department to start the interview and relevant procedure by December-January. First, 16,500 selected candidates will be recruited for the vacant teaching posts and the rest will be recruited in phases. A total of 2.5 lakh candidates had applied for TET, but the exam could not be held due to Covid. An offline exam would be held for these candidates, she added.

On the state secondary and HS exams, a school teacher said, “There was no choice left before the state government because till now, the syllabus reform committee, along with the board and council, could not finalize the portions that should be curtailed. But CISCE and CBSE have already informed students about curtailment a few months ago.” Also, compared to the other boards, there is a serious problem in digital accessibility, which has led to several students not attending online classes since March. There are very few government-aided schools that could reach out to students and teach online.

“These students who will appear for HS exams did not even take their Class XI annual exams as some papers were suspended due to the pandemic. None of the candidates has attended any physical classes after being promoted to Class XII. Not even a single practical class could be held till November. Now, these students will bypass even the selection test. Where is the chance for self-evaluation?” said Saugata Basu, general secretary of West Bengal Government School Teachers’ Association. He also said that the last exam, where students were evaluated was Madhyamik in 2019. “Is this enough to judge the merit of a candidate?” he said. He pointed out students had lost the motivation to study as dates for Madhyamik and HS were yet to be announced. “It will be a challenge to understand how the aspirants will prepare for the entrance tests, which will show no leniency,” Basu added.
Source From : Times Of India

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