Kolkata: In the wake of the rising cases of coronavirus and extended lockdown, the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) on Saturday, postponed class 10 and class 12 board exams until further orders. However, a new date sheet and revised schedule will be announced later. The move to postpone the exams has been taken in view of the COVID pandemic. Also Read - COVID-19 Third Wave: Guidelines on How to Protect Children From Coronavirus Infection

As per the updates from the WBCHSE, the West Bengal Board Exams 2021 for Class 10 and 12 will be held when the situation improves in the state. Giving further details, West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Banerjee said the dates will be notified around two weeks in advance. Also Read - Breaking News Updates, 15 June 2021: India's Active Covid Cases Drop Below 10 Lakhs After 66 Days

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Earlier, the WBCHSE had announced that the West Bengal Class 10 exams will start from June 1. The Council had also announced that class 12 board exams at home centers will start from June 15. However, both the exams have been put on hold now.

Notably, the West Bengal Board Exams 2021 have been postponed twice due to covid pandemic so far. Earlier, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) had postponed the West Bengal Madhyamik exams 2021 (Class 10) for June 1 and later to June 15. Around 10 lakh students were expected to appear for class 10 examination.

The development comes hours after the West Bengal government announced a 15-day lockdown in the state from May 16 30 due to the ongoing pandemic.

In the meantime, a plea has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre to cancel the class 12 exams of CBSE and other state boards. The petition said the results of Class 12 students be declared based on ’objective methodology’ within a specified time frame.