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Karnataka: Cancel SSLC exams, promote all students, says experts

May 27, 2020

Earlier, the Karnataka government decided to conduct Karnataka SSLC Exams 2020 in June. The decision has been opposed by a group of experts who asked the government to cancel the exams and promote all the students. 

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) was supposed to conduct the class 10 board examinations from March 27 to April 9 but got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. As per the revised Karnataka SSLC exam timetable 2020, it will now be conducted from June 25 to July 4, 2020. As many as 8,48,192 students have registered for the exam.

The group of experts included intellectuals and educationists who wrote a letter to CM BS Yediyurappa asking to cancel the board examination and allow ‘mass-pass’ for every student. In the letter, educationist VP Niranjan Aradhya said that they listed the scientific reasons to the CM.

The letter regarding the Karnataka SSLC exams read, “There are close to 8.5 lakh students and 2.5 lakh staff involved. If we include parents who would drop their kids at the exam centre, around 30 lakh people will be involved in the process, making it a risky affair. Though the government has said that it will separate the students with fever or other ailments, will students admit to having a fever? What if they consume paracetamol and come to write exams?”

The letter also asked that since every year around 2.5 lakh students fail in the exam, will the government conduct supplementary exams as well? Plus, conducting the exams comes at a huge cost of Rs 20-25 crore. Hence, to curb the expenses the Karnataka SSLC Board Exams 2020 should be cancelled and students be promoted.

Also read: Karnataka govt plans online revision classes for SSLC students

Source: Bangalore Mirror

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