Agartala: The Tripura government has sought to consult parents of students due for secondary and higher secondary examinations on whether or not to conduct the exams during the ongoing second wave of COVID-19. Parents have been asked to give their opinion online on the Tripura Board of Secondary Education website.

Education minister Ratan Lal Nath said the portal will be open to parents’ feedback between June 8 and June 15. “The role of parents is very important in making such big decisions for the future of the students.”

Nath said that a meeting of experts has been called on June 14 to take a final decision on the secondary and higher secondary examinations considering the pandemic situation.

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“The education department has invited prominent educationists, psychologists, journalists and former education ministers to the meeting. Their combined analysis of the situation will be helpful in taking a decision about the examination,” Nath said.

The education minister said he personally spoke with some students and their parents on Monday, but added, “The opinions of so few are not enough. Therefore, steps have been taken to know the views of a large number of parents through the TBSE website.”

According Nath, many states have already decided on the examination, while some have already canceled. As a result, the state is also keeping an eye on different states.

“Parents would comment on the board’s website, by clicking on ‘yes and no’ for the test. Feel free to give your opinion from tomorrow until 6 pm on June 15. After that, the Tripura government will take the final decision on the conduct of exams,” he said.

The minister had earlier announced the board was contemplating to conduct the examination in selective papers in view of the coronavirus situation across the state.

A total of 26,610 candidates for Class 10 and 27,205 candidates for Class 12 were enrolled to appear for the board examinations scheduled from May 18.

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