West Bengal govt to promote students from class I to VIII

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West Bengal

Amid coronavirus pandemic, the West Bengal government has announced that students in from Classes 1 to 8 will be automatically promoted to higher classes.

State education minister, Partha Chatterjee said that the School Education Department has decided that no student from Classes 1 to 8 will be detained in the WBBSE affiliated schools.

He also said the policy is applicable for all students upto eighth standard.

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Earlier, the School Education department had ordered the closure of all educational institutions from 16th March 2020 onwards. A country-wide lockdown was implemented on the night on 24th March 2020 until 14th April 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19. The closure resulted in suspension of classes along with suspension or inordinate delay in holding class exams in different schools.

The Minister also said the department is working on a mechanism to ensure that classes from 9 to 12 can be held via usage of technology such as mail or video conferencing.

Several other states such as Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan , Puducherry, etc. also announced promotion of students from Classes 1 to 9 without annual exams.

Union HRD ministry has also asked CBSE to promote all students from class 1 to 8.

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