New Delhi: Keeping in view the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to promote all students of classes 1 to 8 to the next class directly. Also Read - COVID 19: CBSE Employees to Contribute Rs 21 Lakh For PM CARES Fund

“In view of the current situation due to #COVID19, I have advised @cbseindia29 to promote ALL students studying in classes 1-8 to the next class or grade,” Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in a series of tweets. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, CBSE Launches Helpline Number to Create Awareness on COVID-19 Pandemic

Taking to Twitter, the minister said that students of classes 9 and 11 will be promoted based on internal assessment of schools. Also Read - After CBSE, ICSE Board Postpones Class 10 And 12 Board Exams Over Coronavirus Outbreak

“Whenever the CBSE is in position to hold board exams, it shall conduct for 29 subjects by giving adequate notice,” he added.

He also said that the CBSE will conduct board exams only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion and crucial for university admissions.

He also said for rest of subjects, the CBSE will not hold board exams and instructions for their marking, assessment will be issued soon.

He also added that students of class 9 and 11 will be promoted on school-based assessments conducted so far and those not promoted this time can appear in school based tests online or offline.

“Students studying in classes 9 & 11 will be promoted to next class/grade based on the school-based assessments including projects, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far. Students not promoted this time can appear in school-based tests, online or offline,” Nishank said in another tweet.