Bengaluru: Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has instructed the primary and secondary education department to look into the possibility of merging the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination board and the pre-university course (PUC) board to streamline the examination system in the state. During a review meeting of the education department, Kumaraswamy was apprised of the “practical” difficulties of having two separate boards and conducting two different examinations. Kumaraswamy then instructed the principal secretary for the department to prepare a possible solution in this regard.The CM also instructed the department to hold discussions with education experts, parents, teachers and the school development boards to send Karnataka’s opinion to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) on the draft proposal of the national education policy (NEP) 2019. Kumaraswamy also discussed the demand for as many as 300 new English-medium government schools in addition to the 1,000 announced in the state budget. The CM has instructed the department to secure the services of English language teachers and look at the viability of having as many schools as possible.