West Bengal Madhyamik, HS Exams 2021: The students wing of the CPI(M) Wednesday urged West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu to ensure that students of Classes 10 and 12 do not lag behind examinees of other boards.
- The students' wing of the CPI (M) on Wednesday urged West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu to ensure that students of Classes 10 and 12 do not lag behind examinees of other boards in the wake of the decision to postpone the secondary and higher secondary exams of the state due to COVID-19 situation.
- In a letter to Mr Basu, the Students Federation of India (SFI) state unit secretary Srijon Bhattacharya and state president Pratikur Rahman also asked the state government to register its strong protest against the "conspiracy by the Centre to make online education mandatory for every student".
- "You have informed about postponing the secondary and higher secondary examinations due to the Covid-19 situation (and not cancellation). We also agree in principle that without evaluation, students cannot be allowed to qualify in the exams.
- "But you have to see that our candidates don't lag behind in the overall evaluation and during future stages of their career. The fate of our candidates must be decided in conformity with the decision of other boards in the country about their examinees," the letter reads.
- The organisation iterated its opposition to the UGC mooted "blended mode of learning" which suggests completion of 40 per cent of the curriculum through online mode, saying it should not be enforced in the state.
- "For long, the Centre has been trying to thrust online way of learning and taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation, the New Education Policy has emphasised the need for online education. Though the West Bengal government had opposed the NEP last year, the opposition was weak and ambiguous. We want a more vocal and categorical protest," the SFI said.