New Delhi: A day after MHRD asked the CBSE to promote students of class 1 to 9 without any exam, West Bengal government on Thursday said that students studying in Class 1 to 8 will be promoted to the next class directly without appearing for exams. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country. Also Read - ‘Promote All Students of Class 1-8 to Next Class,' HRD Minister Directs CBSE

Holding a press conference, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state’s School Education department has decided that there will be no detention of students from class 1 to 8. Also Read - COVID 19: CBSE Employees to Contribute Rs 21 Lakh For PM CARES Fund

“The department is passing on instruction to the schools (state-run and state-aided) to fully enforce the ‘no detention’ policy in all institutions for those studying up to the eighth standard, in view of the present situation,” Chatterjee was quoted as saying by PTI. Also Read - West Bengal Man Beaten to Death For Stepping Out to Buy Milk During Lockdown

From the time of the outbreak of the pandemic, the School Education Department of the state has ordered the closure of all educational institutions from March 16. The closure of the schools resulted in delaying or suspension of exams in the state.

The minister further added that the state government is working on a mechanism to ensure classes from 9 to 12 can be held with the help of technology (net), mail and through video conferencing.

“We want to ensure classes can be held through modern technology. We are working on the mechanism. We will roll it out after getting the consent of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” he said.