In light of the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Bihar Department of Education has decided to promote more than 1.6 million students in grades 1-8 to the next class without passing the annual review.
According to the latest communication on Tuesday, the state government has decided to relax the detention policy for fifth and eighth year students in accordance with rule 10 of the 2019 RTE law only for the 2020-21 session. By law, there is a disclaimer policy for classes 1 to 4 and 6 to 7.
“With schools closed since March of last year, students are struggling to take the test. Due to unusual events related to the pandemic, the government has decided not to arrest fifth and eighth grade students, ”the statement said.
Last year, the state Ministry of Education promoted students to eighth grade without taking an annual exam, as the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in a shutdown.
Education has yet to make the decision to close schools as there has been an increase in Covid-19 cases. “So far, no decision has been made about school closings. The crisis management group is expected to hold a meeting next week to review the situation, ”said Sanjay Kumar, chief secretary of Bihar’s education department.
Meanwhile, the education department is running a booming endorsement campaign. According to available data, more than 50,000 students were enrolled in grades 1-9 across the country during the trip, which began on March 8.
The department is preparing to make up for the current semester’s academic loss with a three-month make-up course for students in grades 2-12.
“All new and existing students will participate in remedial classes starting in April. The short course will fill the learning gap created by years of closed schools and help students learn their new curriculum beginning in July, ”added Kumar.