The gradual ease in lockdown across the country has raised the hopes of students and parents regarding the reopening of schools and colleges. There are speculations being made about an initiative being taken in June.
In a talk with NDTV, Education Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, clarified that the final decisions would be made on the ground of conditions in the country at the time and it would be guided by the views of the health and the home ministries. He also added that any tentative date would be more than a month away. “From July 1 to 15, there will be exams and the schools will reopen after that.”
“I am confident the situation will be normal. If it doesn’t get better, we will consult the ministry, students, and parents. We will consider all the suggestions. The safety of students will be our foremost priority.”, the Minister told NDTV.
Giving an idea of a rough academic timeline, he said that the pending Board exams will be held in July and the University exams in August. The final year students will have to appear for University exams, however, students of the first and second year will be promoted on the basis of internal assessment.
According to what he said in the interview, “The first-year students will be passed on the basis of internal assessment. The second-year students to be passed as – 50% marks will be considered from previous year results and 50% based on the Internal Assessments. The third-year students will have to take exams but Special arrangements will be made for the students in Red Zones and students will be given relaxation according to the conditions in their hometown.”
A task force of the NCERT will assess the situation for reopening of school, whereas the University Grants Commission will submit a report for reopening of Universities and colleges.