Hyderabad: The SSC Public Examinations across the State that were scheduled to be held from June 8, have been postponed.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took a decision to this effect on Saturday, stating that it would lead to a lot of confusion if the exams were not held simultaneously across the State. Announcing the decision to the media, Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy said a plan of action would be announced after further discussions with the Chief Minister.
Earlier in the day, the Telangana High Court had given the nod for holding the SSC Public Examinations in the State, except in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits. Taking note of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the GHMC limits, a two-judge panel of the High Court had directed the State government to defer the conduct of the exams in the GHMC area, but permitted the examinations as per the revised schedule i.e. from June 8 to July 5 in all other centres, by following precautionary measures against the Covid-19.
Exams for students who reside outside of GHMC area with exam centres within the corporation limits were also postponed. The court directed the government to allow students from the GHMC area appear for advanced supplementary exams tentatively in August/September and to consider them as regular candidates. This apart, students of other districts could either choose to write the regular exams now or the advanced supplementary exams and they would be treated as regular candidates only.
So far, only three examinations including first language Paper-I and II and second language were conducted. The rest were postponed in March following directions from the High Court in view of the pandemic. Following a review petition from the government, the court, in the third week of May, permitted the Class X exams from June 8 but suggested certain measures to the government. The government was also asked to review the situation and submit a report on June 4.
The Education Department was in the process of making arrangements, as part of which it constituted 2,005 more centres in addition to the existing 2,530 centres across the State. The plan was to allot only one student per bench in a zigzag pattern to ensure physical distancing. Apart from face masks and sanitizers, the department had also made measures for complete sanitization of the centres before the exam and for thermal screening of candidates and officials.
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