The West Bengal government on Thursday announced the decision to directly promote all government school students from class 1 to 8 to the next class because of the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing lockdown.
WB Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the school education department has decided that no West Bengal government school student from classes 1 to 8 would be detained this academic year.
“The department is passing on instruction to the schools (state-run and state-aided) to fully enforce the ‘no detention’ policy in all institutions for those studying up to the eighth standard, in view of the present situation,” Chatterjee said.
The School Education department had ordered the closure of all educational institutions from March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This resulted in suspension or inordinate delay in holding class exams in different schools apart from suspension of classes.
WB education dept working to ensure online classes for classes 9 to 12
Chatterjee said the Education department is working on a mechanism to ensure classes from nine to 12 can be held “with the help of technology (net), mail and through video conferencing.”
Presently many private schools, under ICSE and CBSE curriculum, are already holding online classes from classes 5 to 12.
CBSE to promote all students of classes 1 to 8 directly due to Covid-19
On April 1, Union HRD Ministry directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to promote all students of classes 1 to 8 to the next class in view of the situation due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“In view of the current situation due to #COVID19, I have advised @cbseindia29 to promote ALL students studying in classes I-VIII to the next class or grade,” Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank” had tweeted on Wednesday.