Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Punjab to promote students of classes 5, 8, 10 without exams

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CHANDIGARH: Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the Punjab government on Thursday announced that students of Classes 5, 8 and 10 will be promoted to the next standard without exams.

A decision on the Class 12 examinatio­ns will be taken later, according to a statement.

The announceme­nt with regard to the three state board classes came a day after the Union government cancelled Class 10 exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

The Centre had postponed Class 12 CBSE exams.

The Punjab State Examinatio­n Board (PSEB) too had last month deferred exams of Classes 10 and 12 by about a month. The exams of Class 10 were scheduled to start from May 4 and that of Class 12 were to commence from April 20. For Class 5 students, since exams of four of their five subjects have already been conducted, results may be declared by the state board on the basis of marks obtained by them in the four subjects, ignoring the fifth one, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said in the statement.

Results for Classes 8 and 10 may be declared on the basis of pre-board examinatio­ns or internal assessment of schools, the CM directed the Education Department in a coronaviru­s review meeting.

The Punjab CM said as the state has closed all educationa­l institutio­ns till April 30, bringing down the infection positivity rate in the 11-20 age group, a relief is needed to be provided to schoolchil­dren going for exams.

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