UP high school, intermediate exam schedule put on hold by the Election Commission

The Election Commission (EC) today gave its directions to the Uttar Pradesh education board to put the high school and intermediate board examination schedule on hold, igniting speculation over the dates for the approaching assembly polls.

Shortly after schedule for the 2017 board examination was declared by the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) secretary Shail Kumari Yadav, EC expressed surprise over the announcement without its consultation in a communiqué to chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.

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Election Commission told Bhatnagar to declare fresh dates for the exams after consulting it saying that the assembly election is to be held early next year.

Kumar confirmed, “that the state government has received a communication from the election commission to cancel the dates of the board examinations announced by UPMSP.”

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“We are waiting for further instructions from the EC and fresh dates of the examinations will be announced only after holding consultation with the EC,” he said.