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Karnataka: Pre-university board cancels 12th standard board exam due to Covid-19 epidemic

Karnataka, the Pre-University Board has cancelled the 12th Standard Board Examination due to the Corona virus pandemic keeping the safety of students in mind.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Suresh Kumar informed media persons in Bengaluru today that the students will be promoted based on the marks obtained by the students in the 11th Standard.

A notification issued by the Board says that those not happy with the marks obtained may appear for the 12th Standard exam to be organised after the pandemic situation improves.

The repeaters who had failed in the exam earlier or those taking the exam as private candidates are also asked to appear for the exams to be conducted after the situation stabilises.

However, the 10th standard exam will be conducted after following COVID protocol. Saying that there is no previous assessment model for the 10th Class students, the Minister informed media persons today that Optical Mark Reader-based examination in multiple choice question format will be held for 120 marks.

A single question paper will be prepared for Science, Maths and Social Studies subjects. It will be a three-hour exam.  Apart from a question paper on core subjects, another question paper on first, second and third languages will also be held.

Grades will be awarded as A, B and C based on the marks obtained. It has been decided to open 6,000 examination centres with only 100 students in each centre, 12 in each room and one student in each bench.

A six-feet distance will be maintained between each student. The invigilators will be provided vaccines, given N 95 masks and sanitisers. The Minister has said that a model question paper will be put up on the website for the convenience of the students.

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