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JEE Mains 2021: Only 5% candidates skip the exams

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The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains February session successfully concluded on Friday for admission to engineering colleges in the country. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank” informed that the JEE Main 2021 first phase saw a 95 percent attendance.

”Happy to note that the attendance in JEE first phase exam was 95%. I hope NTA will conduct the exam successfully in the future also,” he said in a tweet.’

Amid the ongoing pandemic, all candidates had to follow social distancing norms and maintain at least 6 feet distance from each other at all the time.

”The exam was conducted at 828 centres in 311 cities, including 10 centres abroad — Bahrain, Colombo, Doha, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore, and Kuwait. All Covid-19 related protocols were followed,” a senior official of the National Testing Agency (NTA) said, as reported by PTI.

JEE (Main)-2021 will be conducted in four sessions. (February/ March/ April/ May). This will give multiple opportunities to the candidates to improve their scores in the examination if they fail to give their best in one attempt.

In the first attempt, the students will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and will know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the next time. This will reduce the chances of dropping a year and droppers would not have to waste a full year.

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Check dates of summer vacation for schools issued by Delhi government

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The Delhi government has issued an order to all the schools in the national capital regarding the summer vacations. All the schools in Delhi will be shut down for summer vacations from May 11 to June 30, as per the official order.

Though the schools are set to reopen after June 30, the government order has stated that June 28, 29, and 30 will be working days for teachers. The Autumn Break will be from October 12 to 14, 2021 and the winter vacation will be from January 1 to 15, 2022.

Apart from the announcement of the summer vacations for the academic year 2021-22, government and private schools can observe six holidays, which will include two local and four restricted holidays, the order from Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) said.

The schools in Delhi are currently closed and all the students are attending online classes in view of the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases across the national capital. No dates for the resumption of physical classes have been issued by the government yet.

No physical classes, exams in Delhi

A notification issued by the Directorate of Education in this regard also states, “It is clarified that no student of class 9 to 12 should be physically called to school for exams, practicals or any academic and non-academic activity.”

“During the vacation period, Heads of Schools are hereby authorized to call vacation staff as per requirement for any school-related work (academic, admission, examination, etc.) maintaining COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) and following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Competent Authorities from time to time,” the order states.

The government of Delhi commenced the new academic session for all the school students from April 1 and classes are being conducted in online mode for now. The government has further clarified that students of classes 9 to 12 will not be called to schools for classes or exams.

The CBSE board exams 2021 for students of Class 12 have also been postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases across the nation, while the exams for Class 10 students stand cancelled. The Delhi government has also asked schools to halt the conduction of practical exams for now.

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