Published: 03rd December 2020
Regardless of second COVID wave, will Karnataka school exams be held only in June 2021?
State Primary and Secondary Education Department is yet to decide about conducting board exams for class 10 and PUC-2. This will happen based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the second wave
With COVID-19 cases still stacking up, there is no certainty on when the schools or colleges will open. As a result, the Class 10 and PUC-2 exams in Karnataka are likely to be postponed to June and July instead of holding them in March and April. According to sources in the Education Department, the State Technical Advisory Committee has recommended the postponement of the exams.
Meanwhile, Dr Manjunath CN, who is the director of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and member of the State Technical Advisory Committee said that the committee is yet to submit the report about conducting exams to the State Primary and Secondary Education Department. Once they submit it, the department will take a call on the month to conduct exams. He also added, "I think the Education Department can also cut the summer vacation by a few days so that schools can catch up during the coming academic year."
It can be recalled that the board exams for Class 10 students were held in the months of June and July. The timetable for the 2020-21 board exams is yet to be prepared and it will be based on the number of COVID cases and the prevailig trend at the time.
The official in the department who spoke with us has also confirmed that the schools will open only if there no second wave of the pandemic. Until December 31, the schools are closed and the decision regarding reopening them is yet to be taken.