Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and sought people’s opinion on conducting board examinations in West Bengal.
At a time when teachers, parents are worried about the future of the students due to the pandemic, the West Bengal Trinamool Congress government formed a committee with the members of West Bengal Higher Education council to examine the situation for holding the board examinations. Now, the West Bengal Chief Minister has left it on public opinion.
Mentioning three email addresses, the Chief Minister has asked to submit people's opinions by 2 pm on May 7.
“Our children's future is my greatest priority. To this regard, we have formed an expert committee to decide over holding the Class 10th & 12th board exams in 2021. We are also inviting views & opinion from parents, general public, sector experts, civil society & students. I request each one of you to send us your feedback on the issue by e-mailing us on following addresses by June 7th, 2021, 2 PM. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Your suggestions will be valuable to us,” read the tweet of Mamata Banerjee.
On the other hand, educationist Pabitra Sarkar said that holding the examination is necessary to evaluate the students.
“There are several ways of conducting the examination. The students can be asked simple questions in any online platform and the students based on their answers can be marked. The examinations are extremely necessary for the future of students,” said the educationist.
It can be recalled that the West Bengal government on June 2 had formed an expert committee to decide whether the board exams are possible in this pandemic situation.
Incidentally on the same day, the West Bengal Board of Higher Secondary Education was supposed to announce the schedule of the board examinations.
Earlier, last month West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the class 12 board examination will be held in July-end and class 10 examination in mid-August.
“The time limit of the board examinations will be for one and a half hours instead of three hours and 15 subjects will be compulsory for HS examination and seven subjects for Madhyamik examination. The rest of the subjects will be marked based on school results,” Mamata Banerjee was heard saying.
However, several doctors opined that the health of the 12 lakh students is more important than examinations.