Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, announced on Monday, April 19, 2021, that exams for Class 10 and intermediate students shall be organised as per the existing schedule. Furthermore, all schools, hostels and coaching institutes for classes 1 to 9 shall remain close from April 20, 2021. The decision was taken in view of the COVID-19 cases in the state and country.
Board of Intermediate Education Andhra Pradesh (BIEAP) is scheduled to conduct the inter second year exam from May 05, 2021. Similarly, the SSC Class 10 board exams shall be held from June 06 to 16, 2021. The state Education Minister, Adimulapu Suresh announced the recent developments yesterday, April 19, 2021. However, the minister and the AP government completely ruled out the postponement of SSC and inter exams.
Recently, various state and central education boards postponed/cancelled the Class 10 exams. Class 12 exams have also been deferred by several states and the centre. Once postponed, these exams shall be held at a later date after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the country in June 2021.
According to the latest statement issued by Andhra Pradesh’s education minister, necessary precautions have been taken in all the school. The concerned department is monitoring the COVID-19 situation every day and students are also being tested for the virus.
The government shall dwell further on the topic of cancelling the exams if cases in the state increase in the upcoming weeks. Moreover, strict action shall be taken against educational institutions that are seen flouting the guidelines.
The Andhra Pradesh Chief minister recently conducted a high-level review meeting with the state officials. The meeting was conducted solely to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state. The minister emphasised that wearing masks must be made mandatory and Rs.100 fine shall be levied on all those flouting the norms.
Recently, boards such as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have postponed the upcoming exams. Moreover, CISCE cancelled the Class 10 board exams and asked the affiliated schools to begin the Class 11 admission process soon. Various states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Odisha have postponed the board exams to a later date due to the COVID-19 situation.
Similarly, the National Testing Agency issued a public notice on April 18, 2021, announcing the postponement of JEE Main 2021 April session. According to the notice, February and March cycles were held successfully as per schedule. However, the April cycle scheduled on April 27, 28 and 30, 2021 have been postponed until further notice. The new exam date shall be notified 15 days prior to the examination.