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Govt under pressure to defer SSLC exams

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Former CM asks Education Minister Suresh Kumar to do a rethink

BENGALURU:

In the wake of an increase in coronavirus cases and fatalities, pressure is mounting on the state government from parents, educationists, social activists and even the opposition political parties to defer the SSLC exams scheduled to begin on June 25.

Observers point out that the state government remains adamant about conducting the exams even as other states have deferred school board exams in acknowledgement of the anxieties of parents. Besides, they say, its stand on the SSLC exams runs counter to its own recent lockdown of some badly hit areas in Bengaluru.

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Infections have been rampant in the state and Bengaluru in the last 10 days. Karnataka’s case count is now 9,399 cases, while on Monday alone 249 persons were infected and five succumbed to the virus.

Observers note that the fact that around 27,000 students gave the rescheduled 2nd PU English exam a miss shows clearly that parents did not want to risk their children’s health. Aam Aadmi Party leader Mohan Dasari has alleged that the government is forcibly imposing exams on children.

Scrap exam, says HDK

Meanwhile, former CM HD Kumaraswamy has demanded scrapping of the SSLC examinations. He tweeted: “The state government should take appropriate action in the wake of the increase in infections in the state. Education Minister Suresh Kumar needs to think in this regard. The present situation is extremely sensitive. It is your duty to make the appropriate decision in this case.”

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