New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Telangana government on Tuesday promoted all its students from classes I to IX to the next higher grade without final exams, "keeping in view hardship caused due to COVID-19 pandemic", as per an official order, reported news agency PTI.

The decision was taken following the announcement by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to promote all students up to class nine to the next higher class as the Summative Assessment (SA-2) examinations for the academic year 2019-20 could not be conducted due to lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.

"The government, after careful examination of the matter and keeping in view hardship caused due to COVID-19 pandemic, hereby decide to cancel the Summative AssessmentII Examinations for the Classes I to IX and order to promote all the students of Classes I to IX studying in Government, Aided and Private Unaided Schools during the Academic Year, 2019-20, to next higher Classes in the Academic Year, 2020-21," the order read.

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Last month, the state government had issued orders directing private unaided recognised schools in the state, affiliated to State Board, CBSE, ICSE and other International Boards not to increase any kind of fees during the 2020-21 academic year and charge only tuition fees on monthly basis, till further orders.

Besides Telangana, there are several states in the country such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, among others who have promoted students of Class 1 to 9. Some schools have also promoted class 11 students depending on their academic performance.  

The CBSE has earlier instructed that students of class 1 to 9 and 11 should be promoted depending on the ongoing situation due to the coronavirus that has led to a lockdown. The board exam dates for remaining papers would be announced in a couple of days, said HRD Minister Ramesh Pokharyal Nishank on Tuesday.

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal