As the statement released by the government, a total of 32 students were found Corona positive, now institutionally quarantined and 80 other students are home quarantined with no symptoms as of now. The students appeared to write the SSLC Examination 2020.
The Karnataka Education Ministry conducted ( Class 10) examination of students from June 25 to July 3 which were initially scheduled from March 27 to April 9 but were postponed for an indefinite period because of the lockdown.
More than 7.60 lakh students wrote the exam and 14,745 were absent. 3,911 containment zone students didn’t attend the exams and 863 were absent due to illness.
As claimed by the Education Department, all possible safety measures were taken and the examination was conducted as per the Covid-19 safety guidelines. Hand sanitizers were provided to everyone in the examination hall, the temperature of everyone was checked before entering the hall.
The students belonging to containment zones or with coronavirus symptoms were asked to give examinations in separate rooms. The students who went to their hometowns due to lockdown were allowed to give examinations in their closest.
People are accusing the Karnataka Education Minister S.Suresh Kumar of such negligence. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticized him for putting students’ health at risk. “@CMofKarnataka seems to be motivated & overconfident to conduct more exams after ‘assuming’ that SSLC exams were conducted safely. I too hope that everybody is safe. But we will have to wait for 15 days to know the exact outcome,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
Karnataka Education Minister replying to the critics and allegations however stated that not a single student got infected in the examination centre and on definite grounds were carrying the virus from some other place. “I can vouch for this that not even a single student got infected at the examination centre. The 32 students tested positive at various stages and were carrying it (coronavirus) from other places,” Karnataka Education Minister Suresh Kumar told NDTV.