No annual exams for class 9, says Kerala government
Students will be promoted on the basis of online class attendance and other criteria.
The Kerala government has announced that it will not be conducting annual exams for ninth graders and will promote them to Grade 10 on the basis of other criteria, including attendance records in online classes.
According to The New Indian Express, The Department of General Education took the decision in light of the recent surge in Covid cases in the southern state.
General Education Secretary A. Shajahan said the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK) would provide a list of criteria against which they could evaluate students’ readiness.
"It will mostly be an 'all pass' for Class 9 students. But they will be evaluated on basis of certain criteria such as attendance. The other criteria will be announced this week," he said.
The government is yet to decide on how grade 11 examinations will be conducted.
"Plus-one classes began only in November. So, the decision on their exams can only be announced by May. Classes for the next Plus-one batch will start in August," added Shajahan.
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