Amid relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Karnataka conducts SSLC exams

South India

Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations commenced in Karnataka on Thursday amid relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.


The exams were earlier scheduled from March 27 to April 9, but were put off as the lockdown was extended thrice up to May 31.

Around 8.5 lakh students in Karnataka are expected to attend the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations beginning today.

According to the News18 report, of the total centres, 2,879 are main and 300 in block, set up to accommodate students spilling over from other centres to ensure social distancing.

Though the 3-hour exam will commence daily at 10.30 am, the students have been told to report at their respective centres by 9 am or 90 minutes earlier for thermal screening, wearing mask and washing hands with sanitizer before entering the centre.

Yesterday, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar held a video conference with senior officials to review the preparedness for safely conducting the SSLC examinations scheduled on June 25.

Of the 8.5 lakh students registered to appear for the exams, 4,48,560 are boys and 3,99,642 are girls.

"8,48,203 students will appear for the SSLC examination starting tomorrow in 2,879 centres across the state. All the guidelines issues by state government must be followed strictly" Sudhakar had said 

As per the report, the state scouts and guides will distribute two masks to every student at the school entrance to wear one before entering the exam centre and keep the other as a spare.

Each exam centre has also been equipped with sanitizer dispensers to wash hands before and after the exam.

Students who shifted to their home town during the prolonged lockdown have been allowed to write exams from the nearest centre, where they are staying.

With several leaders of the opposition suggesting the government to avoid possible risks in times of the pandemic as the number of fresh cases goes high on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, 397 fresh cases and 14 more deaths were recorded in Karnataka on Thursday, as the tally crossed the 10,000 mark. Karnataka’s tally count now stands at 10,118.  


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