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Kerala postpones SSLC, HSE examinations in the wake of lockdown 4.0 guidelines

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government has postponed the rescheduled SSLC, HSE examinations to June in the wake of Centre’s fresh guidelines on’ Lockdown 4.0′ starting from Monday. The decision of the postponement was taken in a high-level meeting led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday discussing the state’s decisions based on the guidelines. However, the new timetable will be announced later.

Earlier, the state had announced the schedule of examinations from May 26 to 30 as the lockdown would end on May 17. But the Centre issued the guidelines late Sunday.

As per the guidelines issued by the Union government, the schools should not be opened till May 31. General Education Minister C Raveendranath also to convene a high- level meeting in the afternoon on taking further steps. Meanwhile, the school admission for Class I and the valuation of completed SSLC examinations began on Monday despite the Centre’s guidelines.

The decision on the valuation is also likely to be taken in the meeting of the education department. According to the earlier decision of the state government, the SSLC and VHSE examinations were scheduled to begin on May 26 while the Plus I and Plus II examinations to begin on May 27. The SSLC examination was scheduled to end on May 28 while the HSE examinations to end on May 30.

The examination was earlier scheduled in March and it was rescheduled to start on May 26 as the state government announcing relaxations in the lockdown. However, the Centre’s fresh guidelines have prompted the state to rethink its decision due to a spike in Covid-19 positive cases both in the state and in the country.

The government had decided to conduct examinations adhering to social distancing norms and with enough safety precautions. Schools and classrooms are being cleaned and disinfected before the examinations start. In addition to sanitisation, the seating arrangements for the examinations will ensure a safe distance between students. As per the decision, only two students are allowed to sit on a single bench.

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