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Sikkim mulls CBSE exams for outside students within State

Friday, May 22, 2020 13:15 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, May 22, 2020 07:43 [IST]

Sikkim mulls CBSE exams for outside students within State

GANGTOK: With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announcement to conduct class XII board examinations for the remaining subjects from July 1, the State Education department is mulling over conducting exams for students studying outside the State in Sikkim itself.
State Education department additional chief secretary G.P. Upadhyaya informed SIKKIM EXPRESS that the remaining exams would be held from July 1 excluding language subjects and the department is trying to conduct exams for students studying outside the State within the State.
“CBSE has already announced the date of the remaining examination and has also asked us not to conduct examination for language subjects like Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha etc. They have not yet announced the procedure of evaluation of those subjects but hopefully they will be marked based on internal assessment,” informed Upadhyaya.
The ACS added that the department is trying to conduct exams for students studying outside the State in Sikkim itself. “Based on the current situation, it is difficult for our students to travel right now. We are requesting CBSE to hold exams within the State itself. Otherwise, we are prepared for the exams as the main exams have already been held and there are comparatively fewer students who have to sit for the remaining examination. The centres are already identified and there are only about 35 school students who are studying outside the State,” he added.
In a recent video conference with the Union Minister, HRD minister Kunga Nima Lepcha also made the request to conduct exams in the respective States for all the States. The final decision is yet to come, it was informed.
Meanwhile, students from neighbouring West Bengal studying in schools in Sikkim would be informed and will have to come to Sikkim by June 15. Some arrangements will be made for those students, said the ACS.
“In the difficult time, we would urge the students to be brave, make use of time properly, keep in touch with your teachers and spend time with your family,” he added.
Asked about resuming regular classes in schools, the ACS informed that they are hoping for the schools to reopen soon. To make up for the loss, the department has decided to do away with holidays on Saturdays and also, there may be no or shorter winter vacation.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi