32 Karnataka students who wrote SSLC exams test positive for coronavirus

South India

Thirty two students, who sat for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations in Karnataka tested positive for coronavirus.

A government data released on Saturday, July 4, said that 80 more students have been quarantined at home and primary contacts of the 32 students would also be tested and quarantined if necessary.

The SSLC Examinations were held between June 25 and July 3 amid a lot of opposition from both public and the students' parents. Over 7.60 lakh students appeared for the examination, which were originally supposed to be conducted between March 27 and April 9. However, owing to Covid-19 pandemic, the exams were postponed by the Karnataka government.

Opposition leaders and parents raised their concerns regarding the children appearing for the exams. Most of the opposition leaders said that the government was risking lives of the students amid Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the data, 3,911 students, who lived in containment zones, did not attend the exam while another 863 students did not appear for the exams because they were unwell. As many as 3,363 students from containment areas and 613 who had Covid-like illnesses were accommodated in separate halls.

With the number of cases increasing, 31 exam centres were shifted out of containment areas. On Friday, Karnataka education minister Suresh Kumar took to Twitter and congratulated the students for completing their SSLC examinations.

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