Updated: April 16, 2021 2:47:12 pm
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Wednesday said that the state government has not taken any decision on cancelling or postponing the SSLC exam.
“The state has not decided anything in respect to cancellation of SSLC exams. A suitable decision will be made in future considering all parameters,” he said.
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The statement by the minister comes amid speculations that more states in India will postpone or cancel board examinations similar to the decision taken by the CBSE.
Just before Kumar’s clarification, CBSE had announced that exams for Class 10 have been cancelled and those for Class 12 have been postponed in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases.
As per the timetable released by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) earlier, SSLC exams for the academic year 2020-21 in the state are scheduled to begin on June 21.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan had recently confirmed that holding online exams is not a viable option in the state. “It would not be possible to conduct online exams in the present system. Examinations will be conducted in offline mode as conducting them online is not possible in the government setup. Only a few deemed universities may be able to conduct exams online,” he had said earlier this week.
Dr V P Niranjanaradhya, a renowned development educationist, opined that all states should cancel board examinations in the current situation in a bid to promote non-discrimination.
“If a particular board decides to cancel its board exams and follow some objective norms to pass children, then the children of other boards alone are forced to bear the brunt of board exams. This is discriminatory and is a violation of the constitutional core principle of non-discrimination,” he told Indianexpress.com.
He remarked, In this situation, it is advisable to cancel all types of board exams and promote children by following some general standard criteria applicable to all.”
As many as 13,008 people have succumbed to Covid-19 in Karnataka to date, of which 677 have been linked to the pandemic in the last 45 days. Meanwhile, over 1.32 lakh cases have been reported in the state since March 1, 2021.
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