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12-year-old girl to appear in Class 10 West Bengal board examination 2019

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) has allowed a 12-year-old girl -- who never enrolled in school, and instead, studied at home -- to sit for the Madhyamik Examination 2019 as an external candidate.

education Updated: Oct 28, 2018 20:38 IST
PTI, Kolkata
WBBSE,Madhyamik Examination 2019,Saifa Khatun
The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) has allowed a 12-year-old girl -- who never enrolled in school, and instead, studied at home -- to sit for the Madhyamik Examination 2019 as an external candidate. (Arun Mondhe/HT file)

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) has allowed a 12-year-old girl -- who never enrolled in school, and instead, studied at home -- to sit for the Madhyamik Examination 2019 as an external candidate.

WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly said Saifa Khatun qualified the eligibility test conducted by the WBBSE for external candidates in August, and her case was “unprecedented” in the history of Madhyamik Examination (Class 10 board examination) in the past two decades.

The minimum age to appear in the examination is 14, Ganguly said.

Khatun, who hails from Howrah district, secured 52% marks in the eligibility test, results of which were announced on October 11.

Another board official said the girl’s father Mohammed Ainul had moved the WBBSE to allow her to sit for the Madhyamik Examination 2019.

The last such instance of an external candidate appearing in the board examination before the minimum age was in the early 90s, the official said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Oct 28, 2018 20:25 IST