Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has asked the government to discuss whether to continue public exams in Kerala considering the current Covid-19 situation. Chennithala’s statement comes at a time when Covid-19 cases and the test positivity rate (TPR) are rising daily in Kerala.
In a press release, Chennithala said that the government should reconsider whether to conduct public exams now as the Covid-19 TPR in the state is very high. On Saturday, Kerala reported 13,835 positive cases, 3,654 recoveries and 27 deaths. In the past 24 hours, 81,211 samples collected and the test positivity rate has increased to 17.04%.
All national level exams, including CBSE and ICSC board exams, are either postponed or cancelled. Competitive exams at the national level have also been postponed. In the state, SSLC Class 12 exams are still going on. The state is also proceeding with various universities and college exams. Parents and students are worried as the second wave of Covid-19 is spreading like wildfire across the state. In this case, the government needs to think seriously about whether to conduct examinations now.
Recently, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has mediated to postpone the university exams due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Governor, who is also the Chancellor of Kerala University, said that the universities in Kerala would announce the postponement of exams. So far, Kerala University, Malayalam University, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University and Sanskrit University have announced the postponement of exams from tomorrow. Reports suggest that the decision of Calicut University and Kannur University is expected soon.