West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has decided to defer all the examinations from class V to X by one month due to the prolonged summer vacation this year.
The decision was taken in a meeting between the board and the syllabus committee officials on Thursday. When the schools re-open after the summer vacation on June 13 the exams will be held. The instruction will soon be sent to all the schools to hold the examinations immediately after the summer vacation is over.
Due to the excessive heat the education department had decided to announce leaves in the schools from April 11 till May 15 and later announced summer vacation from May 19 instead of May 23. The summer vacation has been brought forward as the results of the Assembly elections will be declared on May 19. Some have raised questions that on the two days and May 16 and 17 when the schools would remain open, it would be difficult for the schools to complete the syllabus. Some have also raised questions on the role of board for its instruction to conduct the examinations even without completing the syllabus.
The senior officials of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education have said that the students would get enough time to prepare for their syllabus. Last Friday the senior officials of the school education department had held meeting to discuss the leave but no decision was taken in the meeting. Many of the persons attending the meeting talked in favour of opening the school.
On Wednesday the Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that due to excessive heat and poll counting the summer vacation has also been brought forward by four days.