Keeping the safety of students in mind, West Bengal government has cancelled the selection test for WB Board Exam 2021 in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that candidates of classes 10, 12 appearing for their Board Exams next year can directly appear for the Board exams to be conducted by West Bengal Boards.
“Students could not go to schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The education department has taken a decision that those willing to take the 2021 Madhyamik and Uccha-Madhyamik exams will not require to clear any test. They will be allowed to sit for these (two) examinations,” she said to reporters.
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CM Banerjee also said that the Cabinet has given its nod to immediately initiate the recruitment process to fill up vacancies of 16,500 school teachers’ posts from the 20,000 candidates who have cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) examinations. The interviews will start in December and the entire recruitment process would be completed by January 2021. The recruitment for the rest of the candidates would be made later in phases. Also, the offline exams for the next TET, in which around 2,50,000 candidates have applied will be held soon.
Meanwhile, West Bengal schools and colleges would remain closed till November 30, 2020. The state government has also said that ‘physical assemblies’ in schools and other educational institutes would be disallowed. Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had said that the government was planning to start classes in colleges and universities from December 1.