Agartala: Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath on Friday said that it would not be possible to take examinations for all subjects of secondary and higher secondary schools in the state due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

If the situation returns to normalcy, the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) will conduct the examination within 15 days of issuing a notice.

Speaking with reporters, Nath said that the education system across the country has been hit by the pandemic forcing the both central and state boards to cancel the examinations.

“It is not possible to take the board exams in this situation. Therefore, the Central board had decided to cancel the secondary examinations. Students are victims of the same situation in Tripura. Examiners are spending their days in deep uncertainty since the Tripura government has not yet canceled the board-run secondary and higher secondary examinations,” Nath said.

Earlier on May 1, the Tripura government had decided to postpone both the secondary and higher secondary board examinations considering the situation. The examinations were scheduled to begin from May 18 and 19 for Classes 10 and 12, respectively.

The education minister said it is not yet possible to announce the schedule of secondary and higher secondary examinations, as livelihood across the state has become difficult.

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According to Nath, the Union education minister had recently held a meeting in presence of the defence minister and education ministers of all the states. “The corona situation was reviewed. In the meeting, the Tripura government also gave its opinion before the central board,” he added.

“The exams for the secondary and higher secondary schools will not be conducted in all subjects, but in certain papers. A decision has already been taken in this regard. The details and the subjects will be announced shortly,” Nath added.

He added that if the situation returns to normalcy, the Tripura board will announce the examination schedule with at least 15 days of notice.

He also claimed that the question paper is ready. “There are even test centers. All preparations have been made, the board is waiting for the situation to return to normalcy,” he said.

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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