A total of 6.3 lakh students were eligible to appear for the exams and will now be declared as passed Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: Keeping in mind the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, Andhra Pradesh education minister Adimulapu Suresh has announced the cancellation of the Secondary School Certificate or Class X examinations.

A total of 7,059 confirmed cases have been reported so far from the state and that includes 3,599 active cases with 3,354 discharged and 106 deceased.

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A total of 6.3 lakh students were eligible to appear for the exams and will now be declared as passed. The Class X examinations were initially set to be held in March–April 2020. These had to be postponed twice due to the nationwide lockdown that was imposed on March 24. Andhra Pradesh government then planned to hold the pending exams from July 10-17 after they reduced the number of subjects from 11 to six.

Micro-blogging site Twitter was filled with tweets from the students who were pleading the state’s education minister to cancel the Class X exams owing to the critical time that the students were facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Suresh even announced the cancellation of Andhra Pradesh Intermediate first and the second year advanced supplementary exams for the year 2020. These were also scheduled to be held in July. According to the minister, the students who were unable to pass the previous two successive intermediate exams in the past will also be deemed to have passed.

(With inputs from The Quint)

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