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Kolkata: A day after the Centre cancelled the Class XII CBSE board examination, West Bengal formed an expert committee on Wednesday to take...

Kolkata: A day after the Centre cancelled the Class XII CBSE board examination, West Bengal formed an expert committee on Wednesday to take a decision on holding the state board exams in this pandemic situation. The expert committee has been asked to give its report within 72 hours.

The Chief Minister had earlier announced that the Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations will be held later this year. However, on Wednesday, the day when the exam schedule for Madhyamik and Higher Secondary was supposed to be announced, the state government postponed the announcement. It instead formed an expert committee to review the entire situation and submit a report within 72 hours on the possibility and mechanism of conducting the exams in the Corona situation.
The committee will give its opinion on several things which includes whether exams are possible and if it is possible then what will be the mechanism of conducting them without exposing students to the infection. The committee will also look into the aspects of evaluating the students if there are no exams at all.
Sources in the board indicate that top board officials including president of West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination (WBBSE) Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Examination (WBCHSE) Mohua Das and Chairperson of West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Ananya
Chakraborty will be part of the expert committee. There will also be doctors working with Covid patients, child psychologists and members of different NGOs who work mainly with the children and teenagers.
“The expert committee has been asked to submit its report within 72 hours. The state government will evaluate the whole thing in the light of the report submitted by the expert committee and then the final decision will be taken. However, it will not take long because the board is keen to ease out the tension of the students,” a senior board official said.
The board officials opine that after the cancellation of the class XII exams of the CBSE and ISC, forming an expert committee is very significant because the health of the students is the most important thing for the boards as well as the state
“We will not compromise on the health of nearly 21 lakh Madhyamik and Higher Secondary students and for that we are ready to take any kind of hard decision,” the member said.
Earlier Mamata Banerjee had said that the state government has decided to conduct the Madhyamik and HS examination in the second week of August and last week of July respectively where only examinations of the compulsory subjects will be taken. Schools would give marks for the additional subjects based on internal assessment. The CM had also said that the tenure of both the exams will be 1.5 hours instead of 3 hours.


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