The Karnataka government has not canceled the second-year Pre-University Exam and SSLC Exam. Karnataka State Education Examination Board and PUE Board will be conducting these exams once the COVID situation in the state stabilizes. Fresh dates for the 2nd PUC and SSLC exams and the results for the 1st PUC are expected soon from respective boards.
After the postponement of both these exams by the government, there were speculations that the government may cancel these exams. But, the State Education Minister, S Suresh Kumar put an end to all the speculations.
As reported by PTI, he said, “We have not taken any decision on canceling the SSLC or the PUC-II exams, which were postponed earlier in view of the rising COVID cases“.
Also, earlier this week, he made comments in favor of conducting class 12 exams while he was participating in the meeting of the Education Ministers of all states, organized by the Center’s Ministry of Education and chaired by the Defence Minister.
Kumar stressed the fact that it is necessary to hold the second year Pre-University exams in the interest of students’ future. After participating in the meeting he also said that an appropriate decision will be taken in the days to come. He assured that all the aspects like students learning, parents’ mindset, the suggestion from the center, and overall preparatory measures; will be considered while making the decisions.
The respective boards are yet to release the revised timetables for the 2nd PUC exams and SSLC exams. Nonetheless, the students should expect it anytime soon. The minister said that the dates will be announced 15-20 days in advance once the situation is under control in the state. The government is also planning to provide an opportunity for students who will be unable to attend exams due to COVID reasons. They will be allowed to take it up, during the current year itself.
Earlier this month, on May 13, the government had postponed both these examinations, the 2nd PUC exams, and the SSLC exams. The decision was taken after assessing the unprecedented situation created by the second wave of COVID-19. While the 2nd PUC exams were scheduled to begin on May 24 and end on June 16, the SSLC exams were scheduled to begin from June 21 to July 5. The 1st PU (Class 11) students were promoted to 2nd PUC without any examination.
The uncertainty about the date and conduct of exams is making students feel anxious. Students across the country are demanding the cancellation of Class 12 exams. However, most of the state governments, including the Karnataka government, and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are in favor of holding these exams. A decision on the same will be taken by the center on June 1.