In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Telangana government has decided to promote 53,79,388 students studying in Classes 1 to 9 to the next class without examination. Amid the rapid rise of coronavirus cases in the state, the government has announced summer vacation in schools from April 27 to May 31. A decision on reopening schools and junior colleges will be taken on June 1.
Now, The Telangana government has issued an order promoting all class 1to 9 students to the next class without holding any final examinations. The decision comes days after the state government had ordered the closure of schools for summer vacations from April 27 to May 31, 2021. Early closure of schools for summer vacations had left the management of state-board schools in a dilemma over examinations and method of promotion for class 1-9 students.
Orders issued by the school education department states – “Government after careful examination of the matter and keeping in view of hardship caused due to Covid-19 pandemic, hereby accord permission to director of school education (FAC), Telangana, Hyderabad to promote all the students of classes 1-9 studying in government, aided and private unaided schools during the academic year 2020-21 to next higher classes in the academic year 2021-22.”
Now that a rigorous assessment is not possible due to the pandemic, schools are looking at other ways to help those who need to catch up. Many schools feel an urgent need to bridge the learning gaps among class 9 students by holding home-based assessments during the summer holidays.
Teachers have prepared worksheets, projects of 45 days on key concepts, and revisit fundamental topics in an engaging and fun-filled manner. We will be assessing the learning gaps of all the students, especially those in class 9.
The Telangana government had earlier decided to promote 5,21,392 Class 10 (SSC) students without exams and postpone Intermediate or Class 12 final exams. Class 10 students will be evaluated on the basis of an objective criterion, which will be developed by the Telangana SSC board.
A decision for Class 12 students will be taken in the first week of June, after reviewing the COVID situation, the Telangana government had previously said. For Class 10 students, details of the objective criteria will be announced later and students who remain unsatisfied with their results will be allowed to appear in offline exams later.
Intermediate first-year students will be promoted without exams and they will be allowed to take exams later when the situation gets better, the Telangana government had earlier said. On April 26, the COVID-19 tally in Telangana breached the four lakh mark with 6,551 fresh infections, and the toll crossed 2,000 with 43 more casualties. The total number of cases now stands at over 4.01 lakh while the death toll rose to 2,042.