Almost 8.5 lakh students are expected to appear for the SSLC exams beginning on Thursday, with the state government deciding to go ahead with the exercise amid pressure from all quarters to postpone or even cancel the test.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar defended the decision and said it was not a “question of pride” for the government. “We have taken it as our responsibility in the interest of students. Other states have cancelled Class 10 exams because marks secured in Class 12 matter to those states, but in our state, Class 10 marks are considered at all levels,” he said.
The minister said he had consulted experts, opposition leaders and heads of religious institutions on the issue, and that all necessary arrangements have been made. “We are following the Standard Operating Procedure given by the health department,” he said.
All exam centres were sanitised by the Health Department a day before the exams. “In case any student or staff contracts the virus during the exams, the government will take the responsibility of their treatment. I request all students to take the exams without any fear,” he appealed.
A total of 8,48,203 students will appear for the exams from June 25 to July 4. Separate seating arrangements have been made for students from containment zones. Further, in case an area is declared as a containment zone, exam centres at such places will be shifted to a nearby centre. To avoid inconvenience, students appearing for exams at such centres will be allowed to appear for supplementary exams.