The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board on Thursday clarified that the Class 10 repeater exams will be held only after the COVID situation comes under control.
The state has around 3.62 lakh students who were awaiting an announcement about the class 10 repeater exams.
The Gujarat education department had initially cancelled the final exams for Class 1 to 9 and the students were given mass promotion due to the COVID pandemic. It later made similar announcements for Class 11 students. It had later announced that the Class 10 board exams will be cancelled too. At that time it said that Class 10 board exams for repeater students will be carried out but had not announced the dates for the same.
Two days ago it announced the schedule for Class 10 repeater and 12 board exams only to scrap the latter the next day. However, there was some confusion about whether the Class 10 repeater exams would go forward as announced. The board has now clarified that it will indeed take exams for repeater students but only after the COVID situation is under control.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student body of Congress had demanded that the exams for repeat students should also be scrapped. The members of NSUI on Thursday carried out a protest complete with PPE kits before the District Education Office (DEO) demanding the same.
They also gave an application to the DEO in this connection. The NSUI said that repeater students should also be given mass promotion the way class 10 and 12 board students were given. They have threatened to intensify the protests if the demands are not met.
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