Tribune News Service
Shimla, January 1
The state Education Department has decided to hold regular examinations for board classes X and XII from May 4 next year. The decision follows the announcement of the dates for the CBSE examinations by the Central Government.
The Education Department has also decided to hold regular examinations in schools for the non-board classes in all government schools in the state April 10 onwards. This is being done to ensure that there is no overcrowding and the examinations of the non-board classes are over before May 4, when the exams of the board classes are scheduled to begin.
Education Minister Govind Thakur today said that as the Covid situation was under control, it had been decided to hold the annual examinations for all classes, barring Class X and XII, from April 10. The announcement is significant as it was being felt that due to the Covid situation, online examinations would be held for the non-board classes.
Thakur said that the date sheet for Class X and XII under the HP Education Board would be issued shortly. “In order to ensure that there is no overcrowding, the Class X exams will be held in the morning while the Class XII exams will be held in the afternoon session,” he said. He added that the practical exams would be held between March 15 and 30.
The government has taken the decision in consultation with the education board, teachers and parents of students. Now, it has become clear that promotion to the next class would be subject to regular examinations and not online exams, as was being expected.
Thakur said that the practical exams for the board classes would be held between April 15 and 30, before the final examinations commence. The decision comes in the wake of the fact that the Covid situation has improved considerably as only 200 to 300 cases on an average are being reported daily.
The Education Department has also decided that teachers on examination duty will have to get their Covid tests done. However, students will not require a test but strict enforcement of social distancing, and wearing of masks will be ensured during the exams.