As Assembly elections are around the corner, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed the Kerala government to postpone the public school examinations of classes 10 and 12 to April 8. The Kerala Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on April 6.
The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and Higher Secondary School Examinations were scheduled to commence on March 17. However, as teachers had been put on poll duty and classrooms were to be the venue for polling purposes, the Kerala government had sought postponement of the SSLC and Higher secondary examinations.
Earlier, the government had submitted a letter to the Kerala Chief Electoral officer, who forwarded it to the ECI for approval on the matter.
Based on the approval, the examinations will be held from April 8 to 30.
Reportedly, many Left supporting teachers associations had raised similar demands, while other associations wanted the exams to be held as it was decided. There were many confusions among students and teachers alike after the announcement of the elections. Initially, the hall ticket distribution was supposed to begin this week. However, it is yet to be decided on this matter.
Meanwhile, the Puducherry government has approved a proposal to declared this academic year students of classes 1 to 9 as "all pass." Also, according to the guidelines issued by the Tamil Nadu Board, the students of classes 10 to 11 in Puducherry and Karaikal will be declared "all pass." Similarly, students of classes 10 to 11 in the Mahe and Yanam regions would be promoted based on the guidelines of the Boards of Education in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh respectively.