Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has had a big effect on educational institutions. With schools and colleges forced to conduct online classes, board examinations have also taken a hit.
The Andhra Pradesh government has announced that a decision regarding conducting the year-end examinations for Class 10 and Intermediate students will be taken at an appropriate time.
“We are keenly observing the situation right now and will take an appropriate decision regarding the examinations at the appropriate time,” Andhra Pradesh Education Minister A Suresh told the media on Thursday.
Claiming that he was not aware of the Supreme Court notice regarding board examinations, A Suresh asserted that the Andhra Pradesh government will clear the air on its decision after receiving the notice.
“The Andhra Pradesh government will give a reply to the Supreme Court regarding why conducting the board and intermediate examinations is necessary,” the minister said.’
“Our stand has been the same right from the very start of the current crisis. We want to conduct the board and intermediate examinations keeping in mind the interest of the students and their future,” he added.
Speculation has been growing that the Andhra Pradesh government will take a decision on the issue of conducting board examinations at a high-level review meeting on education chaired by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The meeting came in the backdrop of growing demand for cancellation of the annual Class X baord examinations and the Intermediate examination.
The Andhra Pradesh government had postponed both examinations more than once as the Covid-19 lockdown in the state was extended in several spells.