Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 15
Amid the Covid surge, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced that all Class 5, Class 8 and Class 10 students be promoted to the next class, without any examination.
A decision on Class 12 PSEB exams, which have already been postponed, will be taken later.
The Chief Minister took these decisions during a virtual Covid review meeting with top officials and medical experts.
The Chief Minister said that even though the state had closed all educational institutions till April 30— bringing down the positivity in the 11-20 age group—children needed to be relieved of exams.
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For the class 5 students, since exams for 4 out of 5 subjects have already been conducted, results may be declared by the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) based on the marks obtained by the students in 4 subjects, ignoring the 5th subject. Results for class 8 and 10 may be declared based on Pre-Board examinations or the internal assessment of the respective schools, the Chief Minister directed the Education Department.
The Chief Minister, who had written to the Union Education Minister earlier this week in this regard, also expressed satisfaction at the Centre’s decision to postponed Class 12 CBSE exams and cancellation of Class 10 CBSE exams in view of the pandemic.
Medical Education Minister OP Soni, Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, DGP Dinkar Gupta were among those who attended the meeting.
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