Kalimpong, Dec. 2: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education has in principle agreed to change the dates of the Class XII practical examinations for the current academic year from January following a request from a teachers’ wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
The Janmukti Secondary Teachers’ Organisation had told the council that the extreme cold in the hills in January would make it very difficult for the students to appear for the tests and requested that the exams be conducted either before December 20 or after the third week of February.
In a communiqué to the teachers’ organisation last week, Achintya Kumar Pal, the council secretary, said its request for the re-scheduling of the practical tests had been forwarded to the deputy secretary (examinations) with an instruction by the council president to make the necessary adjustments.
“The (changed) schedule will be soon communicated to you,” Pal said in his letter.
The council had earlier announced that the practical tests would be conducted in January.
In the previous years, the council had conducted the practical tests after theory papers, which were generally held in the middle of March