According to the latest update, the Bihar Department of Education announced that all primary and elementary school students, grades 1-8 to the next school year without taking tests. The decision to promote Bihar primary school students was made by the state government, taking into account the academic losses that students are experiencing due to the COVID-19 closure and subsequent school closings. The announcement comes as the state prepares to hold annual exams for more than 13 lakh of students enrolled in the ninth grade. Exams for ninth graders are scheduled for February 26 – March 3, 2021.
As a result of this decision, around 1.66 million students in the state of Bihar who are currently studying between grades 1 and 8 will be promoted to the next academic class without having to sit for the final exam. The ruling applies to all public schools in the state. Last April, the education department also promoted students in grades 1-9 and 11 to the next class without taking the final exam because Covid-19 caused the school to close.
In view of the academic loss of students, the Bihar state government has decided to hold intermediate classes for students in grades 1-8 for the next three months. The announcement was officially made by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar. On his interaction, he commented: “We decided to organize remedial classes for three months to make up for the loss of school. Students learn basic topics from the current curriculum so they won’t have a hard time studying in the next class. “
He added that the Pratham Education Foundation could be involved in organizing remedial classes and introducing the new education policy in the state. Mr. Kumar added: “The bridge course will be of particular benefit to students who have not been able to take classes online due to the lack of television, smart phones and the Internet. Make-up classes are expected to start in mid-March. “