Hyderabad: The Telangana school education department on 26 April announced that all students of classes I to IX studying in government and aided and private unaided schools will be promoted to the next higher classes.

"The government, after careful examination of the matter and keeping in view the hardships caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hereby accord permission to the director of school education (FAC), Telangana, to promote all the students of classes I to IX studying in government, aided and private unaided schools during the academic year 2020-21 to next higher classes in the academic year 2021-22," said Chitra Ramchandran, the Telangana special chief secretary.

This comes a day after the education department told the government that there is no detention system for classes I to IX in the state and hence no need to conduct examinations. It said all students should be promoted to the next higher class to prevent the spread of COVID-9 and requested the government to issue necessary orders for the same.

On 2 April, the Telangana government had declared holidays for all schools and junior colleges from 27 April to 31 May. The announcement was made by education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy on the directions of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

In accordance with the Centre's decision, the Telangana government on 15 April had also cancelled the Secondary School Certificate board examination and postponed the intermediate second year examination for the academic year 2020-21. The decision was taken in view of an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases.


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