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Uttarakhand mulls cancelling final exams of class 9 and 11 in govt schools as Covid hit studies

R Meenakshi Sundaram, secretary for school education in the state said that the department is reviewing the progress of online studies in the state and a decision will be taken depending on the outcomes.
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:49 PM IST

Uttarakhand education department is mulling cancelling the final exams of class 9 and 11, in government schools, as education was affected this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

R Meenakshi Sundaram, secretary for school education in the state said that the department is reviewing the progress of online studies in the state and a decision will be taken depending on the outcomes.

“Proper studies of both class 9 and 11 were affected this year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Online mode of education could not be conducted properly for all students given the topography of the state and constraints due to that. It would be unfair to the students to test them without teaching them the whole syllabus. We have not taken any final decision yet but the options are being considered,” said Sundaram.

He added that private schools can decide on their own whether to conduct the final exams or not as online classes have been conducted regularly.

Strictly following the guidelines and preventive norms against spread of Covid-19, schools in Uttarakhand opened after a gap of over seven months on November 2 for students of class 10 and 12 as they have to appear for board examinations.

After the reopening of schools, over 85 teachers had tested positive for Covid-19 in the first week itself in the state. Over 80 teachers had tested positive for Covid-19 in four blocks of Pauri Garhwal district.

In the third week of October, Uttarakhand government had allowed and issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed after the reopening of schools. According to the SOP the school managements were asked to follow conditions like sanitisation of school premises before and after classes daily, arrangements be made in schools for sanitisers, handwash, thermal screening, first aid, etc.

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