The Bihar Education Department will promote all students in primary and elementary schools, i.e. from class 1 to 8 to the next academic year, without holding exams. This year due to pandemic, many students have suffered an academic loss. They could not study appropriately in online classes, so the authorities decided to promote primary students without final exams. However, the state will hold the exams for class 9, which will begin on 26 February 2021.
Around 1.66 crore students between classes 1 and 8 will not appear for the final exams and will be promoted directly to the next academic year. Even for the last year, the Bihar board promoted the students as the exams could not be conducted during the pandemic. The board has also promoted the class 11 students in the previous year. However, this year, the board will only promote the students from class 1 to 9 to successive academic years.
Bihar board has decided to promote students mainly because many students could not attend the online classes due to technical issues, and hence, they suffered substantial academic losses. Many students and teachers also complained that they could not cope up in online classes. Therefore, the board is promoting the students without holding final exams.
“We have decided to conduct catch-up classes for three months to compensate for the academic loss. Students will be taught fundamental topics of the current syllabus so that they don’t face any difficulty while studying in the next grade.” The principal secretary Sanjay Kumar said in an announcement.