Even after fourteen Karnataka students testing corona positive on Friday, SSLC( Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is still conducting the final and last exam of this session on Saturday. Before this, On Wednesday a total number of 32 SSLC students, who took the examination between June 25 -July 3 tested positive for the coronavirus, and around 80 students were also placed under the home quarantine according to a press release from the Karnataka government.
This is not the first time that reports of students testing positive have came out. Just three days after the beginning of the examination on June 28, two class 10 students had tested positive for coronavirus. By July 3, more than 7.60 lakh students wrote the exam, with 14,745 absentees. 3,911 students were unable to appear for the exam since they were in a containment zone and 863 unwell students had not attended the exam.
With the number of cases increasing, 31 exam centers were shifted out of containment areas. Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar said, “The Social Science paper (last paper) was held in a safe environment across the state.”
The risk of students getting infected when appearing for exams has played out in Karnataka. There have been good reasons for CBSE & ICSE to cancel their exams scheduled for July. Perhaps state governments should take a leaf out of the book of these boards and not risk students health for exams.
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