The six-member committee, which had already submitted the report to state education secretary Manish Jain, had clarified against taking exams of 12 lakh secondary (class 10) students but suggested that the government could assess 7.5 lakh higher secondary students through assessments, assignments and home examinations.
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“The expert committee has suggested examinations from home for higher secondary students. The board can send assignments asking students to submit within the stipulated time.
“The board can only detect online exams that are taken by many schools and colleges across the country, but there is a strict rule against any kind of physical requirement for students to appear for the exams,” said an expert committee close to a senior board member. The condition told IANS.
West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) is in favor of conducting examinations for HS students.
Sources said that instead of examination centers, H.S. The proposal to hold board exams 2021 came up in the expert committee meetings.
At the meeting, WBCHSE President Mahua Das said that if college / university students can take the exam from their home, why is it not possible to conduct board exams from home?
“Higher secondary is the gateway to higher education and hence the committee is of the view that examinations should be taken in any form. It will not only help the students to evaluate themselves but at the same time it will allow the students to prepare for the All India Examinations,” the member said.
Sources familiar with the matter said that the report of the expert committee has been handed over to School Education Secretary Manish Jain, who will soon send the report to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
Six members of the committee have expressed different views on the examinations.
The committee has given its verdict against any kind of examinations for secondary students.
The official said that there are more than 12 lakh students across Bengal and it would be difficult for them to take any kind of examination in this epidemic situation.
Instead, the expert committee suggested evaluating students based on their exams in Class 11 and internal assessment. The expert committee suggested, “This assessment should be based on the overall performance of the students during the year.”
The state government had constituted an expert committee to review the whole situation and would submit a report within 72 hours on the possibility and method of conducting the examination amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
The 72-hour deadline expires on Saturday. The committee was asked to give its opinion on a number of issues including whether examinations are possible in this situation and if it were possible what would be the method of conducting the examinations without disclosing the infection to the students.
The committee was also asked to examine aspects of evaluating students, if there is no examination.
While their Class 10 and 12 board exams have been canceled by some boards including Odisha Board, CBSE, ISCE, Bengal will still decide on this.
The board exams were postponed by the state government last month due to an unprecedented surge in Kovid-19 cases in the state.
The West Bengal government constituted an expert committee on June 2 and asked for its report by June 5. The examination schedule for secondary and higher secondary was to be announced on June 2.
It was expected that the West Bengal Board – the Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) and the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHC) – the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would ease their earlier tendency to hold examinations. ) And both Class 10 and 12 board examinations have been canceled by the Council for Indian School Certification Examination (CISCE) board.