Karnataka: SSLC exams from June 25, pending PU paper on June 18 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Monday announced that the impending Seconday School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations will begin from June 25 and end of July 4, a delay by close to three months due to the continued Covid-19 pandemic. The time-table for the examination, including the date of results, will be announced at a later date.
The government also announced that the pending PUC examination of English paper will be held on June 18.
Addressing the media, primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar announced that the government has decided to host the SSLC exam for a period of 10 days, with a gap of one day for the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science papers.
The examination will begin from June 25 and end in July 4. The decision has been taken after consulting the CM B S Yediyurappa and other reputed educationists including MLCs and MLAs,” said the minister.
Kumar said as many as 8.48 lakh students will be appearing for the crucial examination and that special provisions are being made towards ensuring hygiene and safety of the students.
“This year, there will be an additional number of examination centres due to social distancing with adequate spacing between two children appearing for the exam. We have also got donors providing hand sanitisers at the centres and two masks for every student,” he said.
Kumar said the government identified as many as 2,879 centres with 43,720 rooms available for the exams.
In addition to the donors, the government has also held detailed discussions with the health department officials for the purpose of ensuring adequate staff at every centre to screen the students and provide assistance.
“A special room has been provided for children who are unwell and are still willing to write the paper,” Kumar said, adding all centres will be disinfected prior to the commencing of the examination.
He said the state government is well aware of the students facing a daunting task in appearing for the papers and that reorientation program for the children have already commenced with Chandana channel beaming the relevant educational segments for the students every day.
“We have also ensured that there will be transportation facilities for all students for the duration of the examination, no matter the situation at that time,” the minister added.
Special consideration for migrant workers and hostel students
Meanwhile, the education department has made special provisions for students residing in Morarji Desai residential schools, social welfare department hostels and the SC/ST students hostels which has been presently converted as quarantine centres.
“These students along with children of migrant workers, who have either gone back home or dispersed, will be allowed to register at the nearest school to their present place of residence and register for appearing at that centre for the exams,” said Kumar.
The last date of registration for these students is May 25.
The department was still collating the exact number of students who have been displaced due to the unforeseen pandemic situation.
PU paper
Meanwhile, the pending PUC paper of English that was cancelled, due to lockdown coming into effect from March 26, has been slated for June 18.
Kumar said for this paper as well the government has made adequate arrangements and ensuring transportation is available for students on that day.
“The date was announced, keeping in mind the necessity of the paper for the purpose of NEET examinations,” said the minister.

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