TED NewsDesk, Patna: Due to the losses suffered by the students during the pandemic, the Bihar Board has decided to promote the students of classes 1 to 8 without exams. This amounts to a total of approximately 1.66 crore students enrolled in classes 1 to 8 in all government schools across the state.
At the same time, the department is preparing to conduct annual exams for more than 13.17 lakh students enrolled in class 9 from February 26 to March 3.
An official of the Bihar School Examination Board said, “We have asked all the district education officers to procure OMR sheets latest by February 24 for conducting the exam. Students will take practical exams from March 4 onwards“.
Principal secretary Sanjay Kumar, said, “We have decided to conduct catch-up classes for three months to compensate for the academic loss. Students will be taught fundamental topics of the current syllabus so that they don’t face any difficulty while studying in the next grade.” He also said that “We had a discussion with Pratham Education Foundation last week for holding catch-up classes and rolling out the new educational policy in the state. The bridge course will benefit especially those students who could not attend online classes due to lack of television, smartphone, and internet facility. The catch-up classes are likely to begin in mid-March.”
In 2020, April the education department had promoted students of classes 1 to 9 and 11 to their next grade without conducting the final exam owing to Covid-19 triggered school closure.