In West Bengal, both the secondary and higher secondary sectors are in fix deciding academic schedule. They are yet to declare the examination results as well. As of now, HS (class 12) stands postponed. Evaluation and distribution of answer sheets have also faced a similar fate owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our immediate priority would be to complete the examination process as and when the situation is declared conducive by the government. But when that can happen cannot be stated now,” commented Mahua Das, Council President.
The delay has subsequently affected publication of results and commencement of new classes. The mayhem has thrown even the top officials off guard.
“Can’t say anything at this juncture. Everything has come to halt now. And the next phase of activities will depend on how things turn out later after April 14 and what the government advisory will be,” stated Kalyanmoy Ganguly, WBBSE President.
The glitch in the process could indefinitely delay the academic session of secondary and higher secondary schools in the state. HS results previously scheduled to be declared on May has now been postponed due to lockdown. The evaluation of papers belonging to lakhs of candidates is both time-consuming and laborious and could not be completed under short notice.
In West Bengal, schools are shut from May 16 to 31 following the government order in view of the pandemic. “As a precautionary measure, we have instructed closure of all educational institutions from March 15 to March 31. We will review the situation on March 30 to decide the future course of action,” quoted the CM ,Mamata Banerjee,.
Bengal CM, has opened a state emergency relief fund to tackle the pandemic.