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Karnataka conducted SSLC exams after the first Covid wave eased

BENGALURU: The II PUC exams should be held in the interest of students’ future, primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar said on Sunday amid concerns over Covid-19. He shared his views at a meeting of state education ministers called by the central government to discuss the possibility of conducting class 12 exams.
A statement from Kumar’s office said that many states and the CBSE spoke in favour of the process at the meeting, which Union defence minister Rajnath Singh chaired.
Karnataka plans to hold the II pre-university examination after Covid-19 cases dip. Students will be notified 15 to 20 days in advance about the tests, which will be held in a simplified format if necessary. “Some said the process should be simplified. Even if it’s simplified, at least 45 days will be needed to complete the process. In Karnataka, question papers are ready. The number of centres will be increased and exams can be held in a safe manner,” Kumar said at the meeting.
Karnataka successfully conducted the SSLC exams last year, when the first wave had receded. “The Centre has already said that the papers should be in a simplified format. Keeping in mind students’ future, concerns of parents, central government’s recommendation and current preparations, a suitable decision will be taken in the next few days,” he said. “In case the exam is held in July, it’s possible to announce results in August. Competitive exams like NEET, JEE and CET can thus be held in August.”
Kumar thanked the Centre for holding consultations, saying it would boost the confidence of stakeholders.
SSLC and II PU exams were earlier scheduled for June 21 and May 24, respectively. The Covid-19 surge forced the state government to put off the schedule.

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