Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, Kerala senior secondary exams begin

South India

 A day after Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and Vocational Higher Secondary Education (VHSE) examinations began in Kerala, senior secondary exams also began today.


The remaining Kerala school public examination papers, which were deferred due to the two-month COVID-19 nationwide lockdown. 

The Kerala government has decided to conduct the public examination this month itself even after the opposition demanded postponement to next month in the wake ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The examination board had also put up the help desks to guide students at the examination centres.

Exams are conducted with high level safety measures. Students and teachers have worn masks. Hand washing facilities and sanitizers are available on school compounds.

Students were also encouraged to follow social distancing norms while they also underwent thermal screening before entering the examination centre.

As public transport is limited, school buses and KSRTC buses are arranged as requested by the school authorities. Private vehicles also will be allowed.

 Earlier, State Police Chief Loknath Behera had issued safety guidelines in connection with the exams. 

If parents gathered in front of the schools where exams are conducted, illegal action will be taken against them.

Students should not be allowed to go out at a time in order to avoid crowd and they should be asked to go out in lines maintaining social distance.

On returning home from the examination, students have been asked to take a shower. They should interact with the family members only after this. 

Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi vijayan had said, gloves are must for teachers.

The Chief Minister had said that students coming from other states will have to undergo 14-day quarantine but they will be given facility for writing the exams. 

Similarly, students coming from homes where other family members are quarantined will also get a special facility. Students from hotspots will write the examination in a separate room. 

On Tuesday, the state recorded the highest single spike of 67 cases. As many as 60 people who tested positive are returned migrants. 27 of them came from abroad and the rest from high prevalent states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Seven people infected the virus through contact.

With the 67 new cases on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in the state has shot up to 963. Out of this 415 are under treatment in various hospitals in the state.


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