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West Bengal Govt Declares Virtual Classes for Students of 9th to 12th

Apr 4 2020 2:44PM

With the cancellation of classes due to coronavirus pandemic since March 16, West Bengal government on Friday, April 3, 2020, declared one-week-long virtual classroom for students of higher classes of state-run schools from next week. Education minister Partha Chatterjee replied to a press meet here that from April 7, during a specific time of the day, students from class 9 to 12 will sit before their TV sets and switch on the DD Bangla channel where some well-known teachers will give lectures on selective subjects.

The students can also resolve their doubts during the classes over the phone numbers given during the show and the mail id, as the government wants to make it interactive, the minister told.

Students have to Submit Home Activity Report

The education minister said as per the curriculum of the first summative exam in every school, students will have to submit home activity report during the period of suspension of classes till April 14 and submit the report once the school opens.

Model questions for the activity report can be downloaded from state school education department portal by teachers of the respective institution and sent to students through WhatsApp, mail after modification by the concerned teacher if they think so, he said.

Mr. Chatterjee in reply to a question said the exam schedule of the remaining two papers of Higher Secondary examination will be reported at the appropriate time.

"There have been reports of fake notices of dates of two remaining papers of higher secondary exams circulating on WhatsApp. Please don't give any importance to such invalid wrong information. The board will declare the dates considering all factors after lockdown and put on its site," he answered.

CISCE asks Board Affiliated Schools to Follow the Order

In the interim, CISCE the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations Secretary and Chief Executive Gerry Arathoon asked the board-affiliated schools in the states, where the respective government has announced 'no detention' policy from classes 1 to 8 in state-run and state-aided schools, to follow the mandate.

In light of the extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown, some state governments have issued an order to their schools "regarding the promotion of all students from classes 1 to 8. You are hereby requested to follow the order," Mr. Arathoon said.

Mr Chatterjee on Thursday said the government has asked all state-run, state-aided schools to enforce 'no detention 'policy from classes 1 to 8 this year.

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