UP B.Ed exam held amid Covid-19
As authorities and people continue to struggle to make ends meet due to the pandemic, the entrance exam for Bachelor of Education(B.Ed) was conducted today.
The B.Ed Joint Entrance exam was conducted on August 9th in various districts in Uttar Pradesh. Social distancing and other norms were followed to prevent any further instances of the spread of the virus. The temperature of the candidates was checked and hands were sanitized compulsorily before entering the centre. Considering the conditions, basic transportation facilities were provided to the candidates based on their hall tickets and hotels and various daily needs shops were opened for them. In Moradabad and Kanpur, all arrangements for thermal screening and sanitization practices were made for the examiners as well as the candidates appearing. Proper inspection and screening of all the candidates were thus mandatory. However, Twitter was flooded with images of chaos and hordes of people together were witnessed outside various examination centres and even instances of no proper screening and sanitization were witnessed.
According to the State Health Department of U.P., 47 deaths and 4,800 new cases were reported on Saturday and the total number of cases remains alarmingly high at 1,18,038 with 2028 deaths till now.
Several instances of people skipping the examination were also recorded. The conducting of the exam during such serious conditions has been widely criticized by people on social media; especially by students awaiting other undergraduate levels entrance exams like NEET, JEE etc and various hashtags like #ntapostponejee_neet were trending on twitter and people questioned the government critically on the same, as the lives of a huge number of students lie in jeopardy in the hands of the government. The B.Ed exam today increased the tensions between students and parents regarding various exams scheduled for September-October and the problems therein. It also highlighted the mismanagement and partial adherence to the rules and regulations of social distancing by the people.