BENGALURU: Karnataka primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar on Tuesday said SSLC examinations will start on June 25 and nearly 90% of the 8.5 lakh candidates have downloaded hall tickets, signalling there will be no rethink on the exam process.

To ensure safe conduct of the exams, the minister said prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure will be imposed in a 200-metre radius of exam centres to avoid crowding around the premises. The ban order will be invoked for II PU English exam, too, on June 18.

The minister’s clarification comes in the wake of a handful of states scrapping the exam and promoting the students based on their performance in internal tests.

“The states which have called off the exams shouldn’t be our example. We must take cue from Kerala that conducted four papers successfully and operated a boat to ferry just one student. I tell my officers that they should be enthused by it,” the minister told TOI.

He appealed to parents to avoid coming to the exam centre or waiting at a distance.

Departments coordinating to ensure students ferried safely: Minister

Thermal screening of Teach student takes just 10 seconds, and candidates can start walking in by 9.30am for exams starting at 10.30am.

Kumar said the situation in Karnataka isn’t alarming as the caseload is about 7,500 as of Tuesday and many studies project peak in “August or October”. Only 234 infected in Karnataka are in the 14-16 age group, and 125 have been discharged. Students who have tested positive can opt to write the supplementary exam as freshers.

Three students appearing for the exam are infected, and one of them — a Chikkamagaluru boy — is preparing from the hospital. Kumar said home, health, transport and rural development departments are coordinating to ensure students and parents are ferried to exam centres in comfort.



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