The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, WBBSE has informed the class 10th Madhyamik students that it isn’t possible to hold the Madhyamik examinations from June 1 to 10. The decision on the postponement or cancellation of the West Bengal Madhyamik exams 2021 will be made by the state government. Any decision of the state govt on state board exams will also have a bearing on the state higher secondary examinations which are slated to begin from June 15.
This year around 10 lakh students were going to appear for Madhyamik exam. According to the sources, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education President, Kalyanmoy Ganguly informed the school education department that it is not possible to hold the Class 10th Examinations from the scheduled date of June 1. He further added that “If the examinations are to be postponed or cancelled, is a call which needs to be taken by the state government.” Education Minister Bratya Basu earlier also informed that the decision to hold the Board examinations or postpone it will be taken by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
For now the exams for Madhyamik or class 10th students have been put on hold. However, students are demanding that the exams should be cancelled as appearing for the offline exams in the middle of the pandemic is a risk to their health. Students took to Twitter and urged the State chief minister to either cancel or postpone the WB board exams 2021.
As per the reports, the board officials had an initial discussion with the state school education department in which they agreed with the local train services now stopped and the state buses and Metro services running at 50% capacity, it will not only be a problem for the students o physically turn up at examination centres considering that many of them reside in rural Bengal. Not only for students but also for teachers and other officials who will be responsible for conducting and carrying question papers and answer scripts physically.
It is believed that the restrictions in the state will remain till May 31, making it impossible to hold the examinations in time even if the Covid-19 situation improves.