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Mamata’s wish for Class IX test

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she was against the idea of the Madhyamik board conducting Class IX annual examinations.

The chief minister said she would “request” the board to allow the schools to conduct the examination on their own because a centralised test in Class IX would cause “unnecessary tension” among examinees.

“I would request the (Madhyamik) board to continue with the existing system,” she said in a programme at the Netaji Indoor Stadium to celebrate Teachers’ Day. “The schools should conduct their own exams. The teachers of individual schools should set Class IX annual exam questions. Answer scripts should also be examined by the teachers.”

A source in the government later said the chief minister had informed the school education department about her reluctance to introduce a centralised exam in Class IX. The department has conveyed the chief minister’s point of view to the board. The board is set to comply with her request, said board sources.

About three weeks back, the board had announced that it would set the Class IX questions and get the evaluation done by external examiners from the current year. On Tuesday, it announced the system would be deferred till 2013.

“The issue of introducing a centralised exam at Class IX... should have been placed before the cabinet for approval,” the chief minister said at the programme, where school education minister Bratya Basu and board officials were present.

On Teachers’ Day, the government presented the “Siksha Ratna” to 100 schoolteachers from various state-aided and state-run schools. The prize included a cheque of Rs 25,000, an uttariya and a certificate.