A nation-wide campaign to postpone the SSC CHSL 2021 exams is taking popular social media platform Twitter by storm amidst the new wave of COVID-19 upsurge in India. The Staff Selection Commission has scheduled the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam 2021 from April 12 to 27, 2021. In West Bengal, the examination is scheduled to be held on May 21 & 22, 2021. However, with many states imposing lockdown in a bid to control another outbreak of the pandemic, the student community has started a mass protest against holding the examination now.
Demands for postponing the SSC CHSL 2021 is evident from most recent posts on Twitter. Students are posting on the platform with hashtags like #postpone_ssc_chsl and #StudentLivesMatter. Around 25 lakh candidates have registered for the CHSL 2021 exam. However, considering the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in many parts of India, total lockdown and curfews are being imposed. The situations has rendered registered students with no option but to miss their exam if the dates are not postponed.
A certain Twitter user has posted his COVID-19 diagnosis report. His Tweet reads “I tested positive for Covid on 11th April 2021 and in Home isolation. I have been preparing for exam since last 9-10 months and currently not in state to go out and write the exam“.
Another Twitter user posted with the hashtag #Postpone_SSC_CHSL that he appeared in the exam on April 15, 2021 following which, he is suffering from fever. The candidate has urged in this Tweet to not play with the lives of candidates, thereby supporting the campaign to postpone the exam.
Such an uproar against the Staff Selection Commission is only logical given that many other important exams has already been postponed. A user Tweeted “Even 12th CBSE exams have been postponed. Do you think SSC aspirants have suddenly developed immunity agaisnt Corona“.
Another Tweeter user posted “The infection of the #CoronaPandemic has been worse than before and all the exams in the country have been postponed but the #SSC_Board continues the exams regardless of the student’s health“.
The entire student community who have registered for the CHSL 2021 are now looking forward to the Staff Selection Commission to announce any developments regarding a possibility of rescheduling the exam dates. In the state of West Bengal, the Commission has already revised the exam dates to May 21 & 22, 2021 due to ongoing elections. Thus, candidates are urging the Commission to postpone the exam amidst such pandemic conditions.