Education Minister A. Suresh on Sunday announced the postponement of mid-term exams, which should begin May 5 due to the surge in coronavirus infections in the state.
“It was decided to postpone the mid-term exams, as recommended by the High Court. A new schedule will be published as soon as the pandemic situation improves, ”a publication quoted the education minister as saying.
Mr. Suresh noted that some states had either completed or were about to take the SSC and 10 + 2 exams. The exams had also been canceled in a number of other states and passed certificates issued by the central government in the absence of uniform guidelines in this regard.
High Court proposal
The Andhra Pradesh Supreme Court had suggested that the state government reconsider its decision to conduct the investigations in May and June to take into account the risk of students, parents and others developing the infection.
The minister said that middle school students should get a set percentage of grades in order to write competitive exams and that they tend to get good job offers based on their performance on these exams.
“The government was therefore very keen to conduct the audits in strict compliance with the COVID protocols. In addition, the practical exams are over and the written exams would only have lasted six days, ”said Suresh.
Mr Suresh said the government had taken note of the concerns of students and their parents and believed that postponing the exams was in everyone’s best interests. The government’s decision will be communicated to the High Court on May 3, the minister added.