The West Bengal Government will promote the students of the Classes 6 to 9 without any evaluation or exams. WBBSE(West Bengal Board of Secondary Education) decided not to hold any exams or evaluation this year for the Classes 6 to 9. However, they are likely to hold mock tests for Madhyamik in Schools for the appearing students.
In the meantime, teachers are required to revise the complete syllabus of the previous class before the commencement of the next curriculum, once the regular classes have begun. The General Secretary of West Bengal Government Teachers Association, Saugata Basu states that students till Class 8 have enough time to cover the topics that were omitted in the previous classes, so they will not end up losing any part of the syllabus.
However, she went on to also state that West Bengal Class 9 students who are promoted to Class 10 will have to revise the complete syllabus in a short span, thus leaving them with almost no time to study for the Madhyamik exams. Keeping this in mind, the State Government has decided to go on with reducing the board exams 2021 syllabus in school by 30% to 35%. This recommendation to cut down the syllabus due to the pandemic was put forward by the expert panel, which was constituted by the Government.
Before this, in November, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee had cancelled the selection test or the pre-board exams for the WB Board Exam 2021 as well, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mock tests for these students will nevertheless be conducted. The selection tests for Classes 10 and 12 will remain cancelled and the students who are appearing for the board exams in 2021, can now appear directly for the board exams that are expected to be conducted by the West Bengal Board.