Jalandhar, March 31
All District Education Officers (DEOs) in the state, in a letter issued by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) on Tuesday, have been told to promote all students of Classes pre-primary to IV to higher classes irrespective of whether they appeared for exams or not, under the ‘Right to Education (RTE) Act’.
“As classes are suspended in the state and all other schools till April 14 in view of coronavirus, it has been decided that students of primary and pre-primary classes, whether appeared in the session ending examination 2019-20 or not due to any reason, should be promoted to the next class under the RTE Act”, the letter reads.
Meanwhile, the DEOs have also been asked to convey this message to the class teachers concerned and further forward the message to parents of the students via mobile phones or WhatsApp groups.
Harinderpal Singh, DEO (Secondary), confirmed that all students had been promoted to the next classes as results could not be declared in view of the lockdown.
He said results of Classes VI, VII, IX and XI had already been declared through WhatsApp and telephone calls and the teachers had started their online counseling for the next classes.
“We are also assisting students of Class X via video and audio calls as their board examinations are still pending and would be conducted once the situation normalises,” the DEO said, adding that on the instructions of the Education Secretary, the teachers had started taking revision class of Class X students through Edmodo app and are uploading competitive quiz too for all students.
He said all students and teachers through social media were contributing in spreading awareness regarding Covid-19 by asking people to stay inside and adopt every precaution being suggested by health experts. — OC
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