Karnataka SSLC exams that are scheduled to be held in the third week of July should be cancelled like 2nd PUC exams, students and parents have been requesting the Government of Karnataka. While the Karnataka Government cancelled the 2nd PUC exams, SSLC exams will be held offline for students in July should the pandemic come under control. Students will have to attend only two papers, one for language and the other for mathematics, science and social studies combined.
Also, the papers will be of multiple choice questions with 40 questions each of 120 marks. Nevertheless, this decision has not gone down well with students and parents who have even floated a petition to cancel Karnataka SSLC exams. “Why have 2nd PUC exams been cancelled in Karnataka, and SSLC exams being conducted? 2nd PUC exams are actually more important than SSLC,” says a student.
“Please cancel SSLC exams. We are mentally not ready for it, and we are afraid of third wave of COVID,” says another student. “Sir, please cancel the exams of SSLC Karnataka. All states students will pass without giving exams but we must write? It is injustice” says another student.
HD Kumarswamy, former chief minister of Karnataka, said that the decision of the Karnataka state government to abolish the 2nd PUC exams and to take the SSLC exam in the state while COVID wreaks havoc is the “worst” decision. “The government should immediately back off from such a foolish decision. There is no test for PUC children. The government should abandon the stubbornness of testing limited subjects for SSLC children,” he said.
He further commented that Uniform testing procedures should be implemented for children in SSLC and PUC. If there is no test for PUC children, then the same should apply to students who are younger than them. “Instead of conducting exams, they should focus on getting admission for seven lakh students who pass SSLC,” he said. The chief minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa in the meanwhile has reiterated that no student attending the SSLC exams will be failed.