Fact Check: Mamata Banerjee announces no board exam in Bengal
Kolkata : A short clip of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is going viral on the internet in which she can be seen announcing that the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams will not be held in Bengal and the students will be automatically promoted due to coronavirus pandemic situation.
The video clip is being widely shared on Facebook with the message: "Students could not attend schools due to the pandemic, and so, those appearing for the state board exams for classes 10 and 12 need not appear; they will be promoted automatically."
The clip has been posted with a caption in Bengali that translates to, “There will be no state board exams for classes 10 and 12 this year.”
When News Heads tried to learn more about the authenticity of the video clip, we found that the clip is edited and incomplete. It was a human mistake by the CM who initially said that the students will not have to appear for the pre-boards examination this year and they can straight away appear for the Board examinations.
While the viral video contains only the sections of her speech, a full video of her speech is also available on the internet.
By seeing the video, it can be seen the CM Mamata Banerjee initially made a wrong announcement and then corrected herself.
“Students who will be appearing for classes 10 and 12 board exams will not have to give the exams and they will be automatically allowed,” she said initially.
But then, she clarified immediately and read out the government notification again. “The education department has decided that students appearing for classes 10 and 12 state board exams in 2021 do not have to appear for pre-board exams in their schools. They will be automatically allowed for the board exams,” Mamata said. The decision was taken due to the pandemic situation.
Also, the news organizations also reported the correct news on board examinations after Mamata’s announcement. Hence, it can be easily verified that the viral video is fake and students must not fall for the trap; instead prepare for the examination well.