Updated: May 3, 2021 10:27:05 am
The Andhra Pradesh Government on Sunday indefinitely postponed Intermediate examinations that were scheduled to be held from May 5. The decision was taken after the AP High Court directed the state government to reconsider its decision to hold exams from May 5, in a public interest litigation by several people including Telugu Desam Party leaders that nearly 17 lakh students would be exposed to Covid-19 virus if they came to exam centres to write the exams.
Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh said that the examinations were scheduled to start from May 5, but due to a spike in Covid cases across the state, the High Court has suggested reconsidering the decision and the government had postponed the examinations.
“The new dates for conducting inter-examinations will be announced as soon as the pandemic eases,’’ he said. The Minister said that Intermediate examinations were very important for the future of the students, as these certificates are quite essential in future, and that the state would conduct the board exams when the safe.
As the Centre didn’t provide clear instructions on conducting Class 10 and Intermediate examinations, a few states have canceled the exams and awarded pass certificates for the students. However, a few states went ahead with examinations and awarded grades as per the student’s scores.
Similarly, the Andhra Pradesh government had also decided to conduct examinations, as both Class 10 and Intermediate grades play a vital role in students’ careers, thus scheduled intermediate examinations from May 5. But with the increasing risk of the pandemic, considering the High Court suggestions, the government had postponed the examinations.
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