After receiving flak from teachers’ organisations and school managements over two contradictory orders on scheduling of exams and holidays during festivals, the state education department Thursday extended the deadline for scholarship exams till September 30. Earlier, the department had issued a circular, directing schools to conduct the exams between September 14 and September 25.
A Government Resolution (GR) had asked schools not to conduct exams during festival periods. However, a second circular had asked schools to conduct the scholarship exams between September 14 and September 25, even as the Ganesh Chaturthi starts from September 17. Schools and teachers had sought a clarification on the contradictory orders. Education commissioner Purushottam Bhapkar Thursday issued the fresh circular extending the deadline for conducting scholarship exams.
A senior official from the school education department said, “We have now extended the date. So, it is up to schools to decide to conduct the exams, any time between September 14 and September 30. Those schools which will remain closed for Ganesh Chaturthi can conduct the exams early.”