WB Board Class 10th & 12th: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that the state government decided not to conduct the selection examination (pre-final examination) in view of the Covid-19 pandemic for students appearing in the Class 10 and Class 12 exams of the state boards next year. Banerjee told reporters after a cabinet meeting that these students would be allowed to appear in the secondary (class 10) and upper-secondary (class 12) examinations directly. She said that the cabinet gave its approval to immediately start the recruitment process to fill the vacancies of 16,500 posts of school teachers out of 20,000 candidates who have passed the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) examination. "Students could not attend school due to the Covid-19 epidemic," she said. The Department of Education has decided that students wishing to take secondary and higher secondary examinations in 2021 will not be required to pass any examination. They will be allowed to appear in these (both) examinations. '' According to the state health department, 3,872 new coronavirus cases and 4,431 were discharged in West Bengal on Wednesday. The total number of cases in the state is 4,16,984, including 32,836 active cases, 3,76,696 discharges and 7,452 deaths.