Karnataka: II PU exam postponed; I PU cancelled, all to be promoted | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Karnataka primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar
BENGALURU: The II PU exam scheduled to start on May 24 has been postponed and new dates will be announced “with at least a 15-day notice”, Karnataka primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar said on Tuesday.
The minister announced that all I PU students will be promoted to the next year.
Around 6.8 lakh students are slated to take the II PU exam. Earlier, the practical exams were postponed and were supposed to be held two days after the theory exams concluded.
Suresh Kumar said, “Parents, teachers, principals and student organisations, among other stakeholders, requested us to postpone the exam because of a surge in Covid-19 cases. Many students have gone back to their hometowns. Officials, including some from PU wing who co-ordinate for the exams, are busy with Covid work. Taking into consideration all these factors, we have decided to postpone the exam.”
Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Punjab have already postponed their exams.
Some parents say decision a relief but uncertainty looms
We are aware of concerns of other pending exams like CET, JEE and NEET. Students should not be disheartened, but must stay safe at home and continue with preparation,” he said. The classes are available via YouTube. Efforts are on to beam them on DD Chandana.
Announcing promotion of all I PU students, the minister said a bridge course will be provided for them in the beginning of next academic year. I PU curriculum was reduced by 30% this year. Many students and parents said the exam postponement decision came as a relief, but added it was demotivating to find kids preparing endlessly for an exam whose schedule is not known. “When will they write it? This will be a tough year given the uncertainty,” said Nisha C, mom of a II-year PU student.
“The decision should have come earlier, saving parents and students stress. Other boards and states announced it at least a fortnight ago. Many II PU students are testing positive. On I PU exams, the department should have some kind of valuation and announce how markscards will be prepared,” said BR Supreet, secretary of Oxford College Ullal.