Noida 27th October 2018: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) has permitted a 12-year-old girl to sit in the Madhyamik Examination for the year 2019 as an external candidate. However, a 12-year-old girl has prepared herself for the exam at home and has never been or enrolled in the school for study.
The minimum age for appearing in the Madhyamik or can say, class 10th exam is 14 years, alleged Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the President of WBBSE. Further he added that the 12-years-old girl has qualified the eligibility test in the month of August 2018 in order to appear as an external candidate for Madhyamik exam to be conducted by WBBSE. Also, according to Ganguly, her case was “unprecedented” in the history of Madhyamik Education over past 20 years.
Moreover, a 12-years-old girl, Saifa Khatun hails from Howrah district and had obtained 52 percent marks by performing quite well in the eligibility test of WBBSE whose result was declared on 11th October 2018. On the other hand, as per the board officials, Khatun’s father moved to the examination conducting authority to allow her to sit in the Madhyamik Examination 2019.
Commenting on the minimum age limit, the officials said that in early 90’s, the same thing was happened when the authority allowed a student to sit in 10th or Madhyamik examination despite of fulfilling the age criteria.
However, earlier, a boy of 11-years-old was not permitted by Manipur Board to sit in the examination of class 10 as he could not meet or fulfill the age criteria prescribed by the Manipur Board. So, on seeing the decision taken by West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, it can be said that they took a fair decision by allowing the girl of 12-years-old who intended to sit in the Madhyamik Examination to be conducted in 2019.