Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on 5 May, directed all government, private, aided, and unaided schools to promote all students from classes I to IX to the next higher classes. Exams for these classes have also been cancelled in view of the nationwide lockdown.

The state school education department, in a statement, said, “The government, after careful examination of the matter and keeping in mind the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to cancel the summative assessment–II examinations for classes I to IX and promote all the students of the said classes.”

The order was issued to all schools in the state by special chief secretary to the state government Chitra Ramchandran.

Meanwhile, different universities in Hyderabad are planning to complete their syllabus online. Colleges affiliated to the Osmania University will complete classes for all UG and PG students by conducting online classes. The varsity has asked the colleges to complete the courses by April.

The Hyderabad University has said it will prepare a modified academic calendar, including pending end-semester examinations and entrance exams for new students to various programmes, after 7 May. The university has also decided to extend the annual summer vacation for faculty members, which will now last till 21 May.

Schools and universities in the state were shut down after a nationwide lockdown was declared on 22 March. As of May 4, 1,079 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Telangana.

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