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West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Cancels Class XI Annual Exams

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West Bengal Board: On Friday, West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) decided that it would cancel the annual exam of Class XI because of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India. The board has decided to promote all candidates to class XII.

The Higher Secondary Examination, however, will be held according to the schedule and in the home centre of the students, i.e. the same school where they study. The timings of the examination will be from 12 noon to 3:15 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

In a statement, the council said that because of the current pandemic situation and other reasons, it has decided to cancel the Annual Examination of Class XI. The head of the institution has been requested to promote all candidates of class XI to class XII. “The topics of the reduced syllabus of Class XI which are related to the Higher Secondary Examination should be completed within the first quarter of Class XII,” it added.

The statement further read, “However,  the Higher Secondary Examination will be conducted as per schedule published earlier. For Higher Secondary Examination 2021, the H.S. examinees will appear for the examination at their own institution (Monte Venue)”. The council has assured that the COVID situation will be monitored closely and if there is any further decision or change in this regard, it will be informed beforehand. The statement ended with the council seeking cooperation from all concerned in this regard.

As West Bengal Board cancels exams, universities and colleges of Bihar have declared summer vacation for all its students in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The notification also states that if any examinations scheduled in the educational institutions have not been held yet, they should all be conducted in the month of June, the duration being June 1, 2021 to June 06, 2021.