Uttarakhand mulls cancelling final exams of class 9 and 11 in govt schools as Covid hit studies – education
The Uttarakhand department of education is considering canceling the final exams for classes 9 and 11, in public schools, as education was affected this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
R Meenakshi Sundaram, the state secretary for school education, said the department is reviewing the progress of online studies in the state and a decision will be made based on the results.
“The proper studies of classes 9 and 11 were affected this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The online education mode could not be carried out properly for all students given the topography of the state and the limitations due to that. It would be unfair for students to try them without teaching them the entire syllabus. We have not made a final decision yet, but the options are being considered, ”Sundaram said.
He added that private schools can decide for themselves whether to take final exams or not, as the online classes have been held regularly.
Strictly following the preventive guidelines and norms against the spread of Covid-19, schools in Uttarakhand opened after a gap of more than seven months on November 2 for students in classes 10 and 12, as they have to report to the board exams.
After the schools reopened, more than 85 teachers tested positive for Covid-19 in the first week in the state. More than 80 teachers had tested positive for Covid-19 in four blocks of the Pauri Garhwal district.
By the third week of October, the Uttarakhand government had allowed and issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed after the schools reopened. According to the SOP, the school leadership was asked to follow conditions such as disinfection of school facilities before and after school every day, arrangements made in schools for disinfectants, hand washing, thermal detection, first aid , etc.