Karnataka: 23 infected pupils among 8.8 lakh to take SSLC exam beginning today | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: As many as 23 students who tested positive and are still undergoing treatment will appear for the SSLC exams on Monday. The respective block education officers have arranged for these students to take the exams in Covid Care Centres near them.
Overall, nearly 8.8 lakh students are expected to appear for the exams. Of these, over 4.7 lakh are boys.
Because of the pandemic and fears over students contracting Covid-19, the education department has introduced a new format for the exams — objective type with multiple choice questions. Answers need to be marked on OMR sheets — a first at this level.
On Monday, exams will be held for core subjects of science, mathematics, and social science. Students will be tested for a total 40 marks in each subject. Last year, Covid positive students were allowed to sit for the supplementary exams and CET.
With rain lashing the state, transportation for students, especially in rural areas, has been arranged. The department said SDMC vehicles will also be used in case students are unable to reach exam centres. Students from 14,929 schools — 5,289 government schools, 3,397 aided schools and 6,243 unaided schools — are scheduled to appear for the exams. About 6,000 centres have been prepared for the exams.
Besides the new truncated format, the exams have been split into two sessions on two days — Monday and Thursday. The language papers will be held on Thursday. More than 1.2 lakh vaccinated officials will be on duty. Only 12 students will be seated in each room, with one student per desk. Each centre will have a health check-up counter, which will open at 8.30am. The counters are equipped with thermal scanners, pulse oximeters, first aid kits and masks.
The education department said all arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of exams.

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