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Amid covid-19, the West Bengal government has come up with the decision of not holding the selection tests for students who will appear for classes 10 and 12 board exams next year. Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee announced the news.

After a cabinet meeting, Mamata Banerjee told the reporters that in 2021, students will be able to appear directly for the class 10 and class 12 board exams, without appearing for any selection test.

“The education department has taken a decision that those willing to take the 2021 Madhyamik and Uccha-Madhyamik exams will not require to clear any test. They will be allowed to sit for these (two) examinations," the Chief Minister said, as per PTI reports.

The schools in West Bengal has been closed since March due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The schools have been conducting online classes for the past several months but, many students have found them to be inaccessible due to lack of proper technology.

The cabinet has also approved the initiation of the recruitment process to fill up the vacancies of 16,500 school teachers' posts from the 20,000 candidates who have cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) examinations, according to the CM.

Mamata Banerjee said, “We have also decided to start the recruitment process to fill up 16,500 vacancies from the 20,000 successful TET examinees. Interviews will start in December and the entire recruitment process will be completed by January. The recruitment for the rest of the candidates will be made later in phases.”

The CM also confirmed that offline examinations for the next TET, in which around 2,50,000 candidates have applied, will be held as soon as possible.
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