Agartala: The Tripura government has announced the suspension of physical attendance of the students in all schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions from April 17, given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that there is still a lot of time for secondary and higher secondary examinations, therefore, decisions will be made in time reviewing the situation.

“If any decision is taken to cancel or postpone the examination now, the students will delay their studies, adding, “They are more likely to be harmed. So, I’m not saying anything about that at the moment,” Nath said.

He said that the Central Board had cancelled secondary examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), while exams of the higher secondary were also postponed.

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The education minister said that both students and parents are naturally anxious about the future of secondary and higher secondary examinations conducted by the Tripura Board of Secondary Education.

The secondary examinations are on May 19, and the higher secondary exams on May 18. If the situation becomes normal within a month, secondary and higher secondary exams would be as usual. However, no decision should be made at this time without looking at the COVID-19 situation,” Nath said.

He also said any announcement in advance would harm the students because if the decision to cancel or postpone exams is taken now, students will delay their studies. However, if the situation becomes normal, the possibility of them having a serious problem cannot be ruled out, especially if they are required to sit according to the schedule.

“The annual examination from class III to class VIII is scheduled from April 28. However, in the event of a corona outbreak, the decision would be taken based on the situation. Besides, the decision on this semester’s examination in the college would be taken in a meeting with the vice-chancellors of the two universities,” he added.

The minister said that the ongoing school, college, technical and professional institution and university exams would continue as notified. However, 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff of school would attend school on working days and examination days as per the requirement of the institution heads.

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