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Agartala: The Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) is contemplating to defer its board examinations scheduled for March due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Speaking with reporters, TBSE president Dr Bhabatosh Saha on Friday said the board is monitoring the central board and would set the time table for the board examinations accordingly.

“We have relaxed the schedule of online registration and enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the schools in remote areas across the state,” Saha said.

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The online registration for the board examination had started on November 7 and continued till December 7.

“Till the deadline of online registration, only 50 per cent of the schools could complete the registration. We have not revised the deadline. However, the schools have been instructed to continue with the registration process. This is for the first time we have allowed the schools to continue with the process,” Saha added.

He also informed that the online registration is being done for only students of Class-IX, who would appear for the first time in board examination next year. For the students of Class-XI, they have to complete the enrollment process, which went offline so far. From December 21 the process would go online.

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“According to the annual calendar, the board examination takes place in March. However, due to the pandemic, the exams might be deferred till mid-April or May. We are following CBSE board. Since they have not announced the exam date, we are also waiting for them”, TBSE president said.

A meeting of the governing body of the state education board is scheduled on December 16 to decide on announcing the board examination dates.

Tripura has around 27,000 teachers imparting education in 4,400 government and government-aided schools across the state.

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