Bolpur Girls’ High School students agitate for exam delay

The protesting students said they needed more time and said this test could “possibly” be used as a substitute for board exams

The protesting pupils of Bolpur Girls' High School on Wednesday.

Snehamoy Chakraborty


Bolpur (Birbhum)

Published 09.12.21, 01:59

A group of high school graduates from Bolpur Girls’ High School excitedly on the school campus for over three hours on Wednesday, demanding that the exams – scheduled for December 13 – be postponed for a week.

The protesting students said they needed more time, saying the school had reopened for less than a month and that there was “a possibility” that this exam could be viewed as a replacement for the board exams if the pandemic worsens.

“The new strain of Covid-19 has become a threat and if the situation worsens, the result of this exam can be used to evaluate us for our final exam. We ask the school to have at least a week for preparation and special suggestions, ”said an excited candidate from the humanities degree.

Bolpur Girls’ High School is one of the oldest schools in Bolpur. Around 225 students from the natural sciences and humanities will take the upper level examination this year.

School authorities said they had already met the guardians twice and gave them the exam date earlier without objection.

“The results of the students are also important to us and have assured them that we will make suggestions for each subject. But it is the instruction of the council that we have to finish the exams on time, ”said Bhaswati Lala Nag, the school teacher in charge.

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has set a deadline for December 24th, while the Higher Secondary Council has set a deadline for the same by December 31st.

State schools teaching grades IX, X, XI, and XII reopened across the state on November 16. Sources said in the selection tests that full marks for each subject would be 50 for high school graduates and 90 for madhyamik.

A senior teacher at the school said students who were excited on Wednesday had written a written request to authorities claiming they needed detailed questionnaires and referred to local schools which are reportedly providing them.

“It is impossible for us to provide an exact question paper. We have told all the teachers to make a good suggestion for the students, but it is not ethical to hand out a questionnaire before exams, ”said the teacher.

In addition, headmasters at other schools in the city said they also received several letters from guardians asking for more time to take exams.


More than a hundred senior year students studying in various Burdwan University distance learning programs demonstrated in front of the university administration for more than five hours on Wednesday, accusing authorities of delaying exams and providing grade sheets.

The students closed the main gate of the administrative block in Rajbati of Burdwan, saying that due to the university’s delay, they had faced hurdles to gain admission to B.Ed courses.

“Our final exam had to be completed before September, but the university has not yet informed us about the exams. On the other hand, the B.Ed colleges had given us until December 14th to submit the sheet music for the senior year. We met the provincial chancellor, who assured us that we would comply with our demands. A notice has already been published that our audits will take place in December and the results will be published in January. The VC will be in touch with the government to extend the deadline for B.Ed colleges, “said one excited student.

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