- Earlier the Karnataka government was considering re-introducing board exams for class 7 students.
- Karnataka was the first state to introduce the no-detection policy for students.
- The primary and secondary education minister said that he will soon clear this issue.
Mumbai, Maharashtra: With just a quarter left for the year to end, the class 7th students have no trace that if they have to write a public examination in March or not. Mr. S. Suresh Kumar, Primary and Secondary Education Minister said that he would make his stand and will clear this issue soon. Still, there has been no declaration yet, that has worried the students and their parents.
A parent said to Bangalore Mirror, “My son is studying in Class 7th. Unlike in Class 10th, there are two semesters in Class 7th. So, we don’t know if the so-called public exams are inclusive of both the semesters or just one. My son has already written an exam for one of the semesters. The school management does not seem to have any clarity on it either. When we called up the education department, they said that they were waiting for official communication. I request the minister and the department to put an end to the confusion and make an announcement soon.”
Besides, the education department’s officials said that they have been considering all options before making the final decision. On the other hand, private school managements claim that this so-called issue just delaying and puzzling the students.
D. Shashi Kumar, General Secretary of Karnataka Associated Managements of English Medium Schools (KAMS) on the issue said, “We request the minister, that before announcing his final decision on the public exam, he must bring in an amendment and frame a new policy over the detention in the state. We have been demanding that the government come out with a policy on detention for students of Class 5 and 7. We are also of the opinion that a public exam should be held in Class 8 and not in 7. Right now, students are psychologically not prepared for the public exam.”
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