The exams will be held March 17-30, in compliance with the strict COVID-19 regulations, Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced Thursday.
Kerala said the council exams of Grade 10 (SSLC) and Grade 12 (upper secondary and vocational upper secondary) students studying in state and government-subsidized schools will begin in March 2021. Exams will be held from 17 to March 30, complying with strict COVID-19 regulations, Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced Thursday. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the CM.
In a statement, the CM said the Department of General Education will soon initiate measures to conduct public exams. Classes for students who have practical exams will start on January 1, he said. There will also be provisions for students to review and clarify concerns about classes being held online from June 1st. Steps will be taken for this at the school level, in order to ensure that students who are about to write the public exam are less stressed, which includes special counseling and fictitious tests. For this, students can approach schools with parental permission and teachers are directed to help students.
Previously, various teachers’ associations had approached the government asking that at least informal classes be started for students in grades 10 and 12 who will take the board exams. Health Minister KK Shailaja, Education Minister C Raveendranath, Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel, Public Education Secretary A Shahjahan were some of those who attended the high-level meeting.
It was on June 1 that Kerala began virtual classes for over 40 lakh students from kindergarten to grade 12, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual lessons were streamed via YouTube and the government-run education channel Kite Victers.
Meanwhile, from the first week of January, the courses for doctoral students and graduates of the last year will begin. Classes will be held with half the total strength. Lessons, if necessary, will be organized in morning and evening shifts. The courses for agriculture and fisheries universities will also start in the first week of January, while those for medical colleges will start in the second week of January.
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