Education Minister P Sabitha Reddy said the decision was taken following advice from CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and added that it would be the last time students would be promoted even when they failed to secure passing marks.
“We have decided to promote all students to ensure that students do not come under pressure when they appear for their sophomore exams,” Reddy said, adding that there was no fault of the intermediate board or the state for students to fail the exam.
“Our teachers have been in contact with students, they have been attending digital lessons. We have reduced the curriculum to 70%, introduced teaching materials, and taken all precautions in taking exams. It is frustrating to see people blaming the board and the situation for students failing the exam,” she explained. The Board did not make any technical errors in evaluating the papers.
Even after adding 30 marks, the minister said, there were hardly 83,000 failed students eligible to pass. “Keeping the future of (their students) in mind, we encourage all students. This is the last time. Do not assume that students will be promoted if our house is organized. Encourage them to study well and clear their papers.”
Reddy also said that students who want to improve their grades can appear in improvement exams along with second year subjects. She said that if students who have applied for reassessment or re-screening are satisfied with passing marks, they can contact the board for a fee refund.
In the first year intermediate exams, out of a total of 4,09,911 students appeared, 51% of them failed. After that, six students ended their lives after failing the exam.
Even since the results were announced, students, their parents and student organizations have been protesting against the Intermediate Board and the state government, demanding that passing marks be awarded to all students. They blamed the board and the state, claiming that the students failed because the state did not organize online lessons properly and took exams without a plan.
The state, which earlier promoted first-year students to second-year students due to the pandemic, decided to take first-year exams when students were in the middle of sophomore year.