“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: BENGALURU: The surge in Covid-positive cases in Bengaluru and a few districts in north Karnataka has put parents of SSLC examinees on the backfoot. After waiting for three months and being eager to get it over with, many say the situation must be reassessed now while others say the fixation on examinations must end.
The SSLC exams, initially scheduled from March 27, are to be held from June 25 to July 5.
“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: Even while the numbers were growing in other metros, we in Bengaluru remained safe. Not any more. The shift has been drastic in the past three days. There is talk of community spread. How can we send our children out confidently?” asked Sharanya R, a private company employee. “As it is, exam-related anxiety is high among students and the Covid situation has been adding to it.”
“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: Almost all states are postponing the exams, but I feel the Karnataka government is trying too hard to show it has e everything under control,” said Anand Hoskote, a lab technician. “It was only one II PU paper that they sailed through, they can’t guarantee all SSLC papers will go through without any case. Why try to prove a point with our children?”
“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: Suchita Umesh, a homemaker, said she is nervous and angry at the state government’s decision. “The cases are in every street and in such a scenario, the government should help people stay indoors and not invite trouble by organising events at such a large scale,” Sucheta said. She said her daughter is fully prepared. “She is a rank student and I don’t think any parent will want the exam to be postponed if their child is prepared. But I am thinking about the health of my child and my family,” she said, adding she has aged parents to worry About.
“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: A parent who did not wish to be named said the government may do everything it possibly can, but the truth is that the exam will push lakhs of students out of their homes into an unknown environment. “The crowding outside can’t be completely avoided. My child may go to the exam and return right after, but there might be another child who lingers and unwittingly becomes a risk,” she said.
“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: Nigar Sultana, principal of Cambridge Public School in Yelahanka, said, “Our education system needs to get over its belief that exams are the end of the road. All education boards decided to stop exams when cases were 200 or so in the country. And we are restarting when the peak is here.”
“NEWS HUNT” LIVE: A parent of a student posted on social media: “Need support from disability and parent forums. Most states have cancelled 10th board except Karnataka. We have written as individual parents but our voice was not heard. Education minister is adamant on conducting it. How is a child with autism/ADHD/CP/ other disabilities expected to sit for 4 hours with mask?”
REPORT : Jithesh Jain ( Bangalore )