In light of the surge in new coronavirus cases in the state, the West Bengal government announced on Saturday that the State Class 10 and Maiden 12 Council examinations would not be held in June as scheduled.
The revised class 10 and 12 board exam schedule will be announced later, an official said.
Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said a revised schedule for state council exams would be announced later.
“No secondary and upper secondary exams will take place in June,” he told reporters from the Secretary of State, “Nabanna”.
It will be difficult to make arrangements to hold the Madhyamik exams for class 10 students and the upper secondary tests for class 12 during the lockdown period, he said.
The Madhyamik 2021 exams were scheduled to start on June 1 and the upper secondary tests on June 15.
The education department will hold meetings with state council authorities to decide on a revised timetable for the two exams, Bandyopadhyay added.
The announcement comes just hours after the state government announced a full Sunday-May 30 lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“We are taking strict measures to contain the pandemic, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on May 30,” Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said.
Under the new rules, all government and private offices will remain closed, except for emergency services. In addition to this, intra-state bus services, the metro, ferry service, gyms, movie theaters, lounges and swimming pools have also been closed.
All markets and retailers are only allowed to operate between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“The circulation of all private vehicles, taxis and cars will be suspended from tomorrow. Schools will also remain closed,” said Chief Secretary of State Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
“All outdoor activities, except for emergency needs, will be banned from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. following the outbreak of Covid-19 cases,” he added.
In addition, any academic, cultural, administrative, political and religious gathering will also remain prohibited. No more than 50 people will be allowed to participate in the wedding receptions.
Parks, zoos and sanctuaries will also remain closed for the duration.
E-commerce and home delivery services will be permitted.
Meanwhile, West Bengal on Friday recorded its highest single-day peak of 20,846 fresh cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 10.94,802, the health department said in its bulletin.
The toll rose to 12,993 after 136 other people, including five prominent doctors, succumbed to the infection, according to the bulletin.
The district of North 24 Parganas left 42 dead and Kolkata 34.
Of the 136 deaths, 67 were due to co-morbidities where COVID-19 was accidental.
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