Amaravati: The SSC examinations in Andhra Pradesh, which had been postponed earlier, will be held two weeks after the lockdown is lifted, state education minister Adimulapu Suresh said on 28 April.

“The exams will be held keeping in view all the guidelines while implementing social distancing norms so that students are not affected,” he said.

During a video conference on Tuesday, the Union human resource development (HRD) minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, had suggested that the state make use of digital education facilities and also said that the mid-day meals programme should continue in the summer.

Mr Suresh said the state government’s Jagananna Gorumudha (mid-day meal) scheme has been extended to students of classes IX and X. He also said eggs and chikki have been added to their regular meals.

The minister requested the Union HRD minister to grant Central funds for Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGVB) and model schools. He also requested approval for a few model schools in the rural areas of the state.

Meanwhile, the HRD ministry has given an ad hoc calendar for the new academic year of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). For the same, Mr Suresh said a new academic calendar will be released by the state government based on the HRD calendar.

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