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AP govt’s stubborn attitude continues over SSC, Inter exams!

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Though Centre had cancelled CBSE, ICSE Class 10, Class 12 board exams this year and various state governments including neighbouring Telangana cancelled SSC and Inter board exams this year due to Covid-19, the Andhra Pradesh continues to display its stubborn attitude on holding SSC and Inter exams come what may.

AP education minister Adimulapu Suresh on Saturday reiterated that the state government will not cancel SSC and Inter exams like Centre and other state governments and it will hold these exams after Covid situation improves in Andhra Pradesh.

He gave indications that the exams will be held either in July or August depending on the Covid situation.

AP is already one of the worst Covid affected States with over 10,000 Covid positive cases and 100 deaths being reported every day during Covid second wave.

Students, parents and opposition parties are demanding Jagan government to cancel SSC and Inter exams on the ground that if exams are held for over 10 lakh students at this stage, it would lead to huge gathering of students in exam centres and spread of coronavirus besides risking the lives of students and parents.

They question why Jagan government is so adamant on holding these exams when Centre and state governments in other states cancelled Class 10 and Class 12 exams. They are asking is AP not part of India.

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AP 10th exams postponed indefinitely

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The Jaganmohan Reddy Government has postponed the 10th class examinations until July. A further decision would be taken based on the Coronavirus situation at that time. The immediate reason for postponing the exams was the fact that the AP curfew was likely to be extended in June as well. Then, it would be very difficult for the students to reach exam centres. The 10th exams were scheduled to begin on Jun 7 but now the Government had postponed due to the curfew compulsions.

The decision was taken at a review meeting held by the Chief Minister at the Tadepalli residence. Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh was very particular about conducting the exams but the CM finally took the curfew situation into consideration. Contrary to the Government’s expectations, the Covid cases and deaths were still continuing without any major respite.

Moreover, the Government was bogged down due to the cases filed in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The petitioners urged for starting the examinations only after completely giving vaccines to all the teachers who would be taking part in the conduct of the examinations.

On its part, the TDP has been strongly demanding the Government to cancel the 10th exams altogether and give pass certificates to the students just like in many other States.

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All Class 10 students in Telangana declared passed

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As no public examinations could be conducted for Class 10 in Telangana this year due to Covid-19 pandemic, the state education authorities have declared all students qualified.

Education Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy on Friday announced the results, declaring all students who paid their fee for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams passed.

She said students were allotted grades considering their internal assessment marks.

The results could be viewed on the websites www.bse.telangana.gov.in and http://results.bsetelangana.org

All 5,21,073 students who had applied and paid fee declared qualified. They included 5,16,578 regular and 4,495 candidates who had failed earlier.

Of the total regular students who passed, 2,62,917 were boys and 2,53,661 were girls. As many as 2,10,647 students secured a perfect 10/10 Grade Point Average (GPA) in the examinations.

All students in as many as 535 schools secured 10/10 GPA.

The minister said as the SSC exams could not be conducted due to the pandemic, students who had applied were declared passed as per the decision of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Last year too, the Class 10 exams could not be conducted due to the pandemic situation and all the students were declared qualified.

Officials said students can get their marks memos from their respective head masters and any discrepancies in the marksheets should be brought to the notice of the SSC Board by the headmasters concerned

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Why Jagan govt is keen on holding exams despite Covid?

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All the major exams in the entire country were either postponed or cancelled due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.

Nationally reputed boards like CBSE, ICSE have announced cancellations of Class 10th board exams while postponing the Class 12th board exams.

States like Tamil Nadu have cancelled Class 10th, 12th board exams.

Several other states in the country including neighbouring Telangana have cancelled SSC exams and postponed Intermediate exams.

But the Jagan government in Andhra Pradesh is adamant about conducting SSC, Intermediate exams as scheduled in May despite the state witnessing an increasing number of Covid positive cases day after day.

16 States in the country including Telangana have imposed Covid restrictions like night curfew, weekend lockdown, partial lockdowns etc to contain Covid spread.

But there is no action from the AP government.

No one knows why Jagan government is insisting on holding SSC and Inter exams in May in these deadly corona conditions.

Health experts advise Jagan government to either cancel or postpone exams as holding exams to over 10 lakh students at this stage will fuel corona cases in AP further and the situation may go out of control.

However, there is no response from AP government so far. The AP education minister A Suresh continues to make statements that the SSC and Inter exams will be held as scheduled creating panic among lakhs of students and their parents.

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Telangana govt cancels SSC exams, postpones Inter exams due to corona

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The Telangana state government on Thursday (today) issued orders cancelling SSC public exams and postponing Intermediate public exams this year due to increasing corona cases in the state.

As per original schedule, the inter theory exams should be held from May 1 to 19 and SSC exams from May 17 to 26.

However, after reviewing the corona situation in the state, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao decided to cancel SSC exams as the government felt that it will not be safe to conduct exams for lakhs of students at this stage which may worsen corona situation further.

The SSC Board will devise objective criteria to award marks to students without exams.

Students not satisfied with marks allotted will be given an opportunity to write exams as and when the corona situation improves.

Inter first-year students will be promoted without exams and exams will be held whenever becomes possible at future date.

Inter second year exams were postponed. Review will be held in the first week of June and future dates will be announced with at least 15 days notice for the exam.

Last year too, the state government cancelled all SSC, Inter exams and promoted students without exams due to corona lockdown.

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KCR holds high-level meeting on SSC exams

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Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is holding a crucial high-level meeting to take a call on the SSC examinations. The meeting, currently underway, is being attended by education minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy and special Chief Secretary to the government, Chitra Ramchandran.

The KCR government on Saturday decided to put off the SSC examinations in the entire state although the Telangana High Court gave a directive not to hold the exams only in Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Ranga Reddy districts.

However, KCR is likely to end the month-long suspense over the SSC examinations. It is learnt that the Telangana government is favourable to implement a grading system as was done in Punjab. At the meeting, the government could opt for a system where students could be passed without holding the examination based on the internal marks they were awarded. Parents have already appealed to the government to promote all students based on internal assessment marks.

On May 18, the Telangana High Court gave a green signal for the conduct of the SSC examinations in the State from June 8, but suggested that certain measures have to be initiated by the government. However, in view of the alarming rise in corona cases in Telangana, a petition was filed in the High Court with an appeal to direct the State government to emulate the Punjab grading system. The Punjab government had cancelled the class 10 exams and decided that students will be promoted based on their performance in pre-Board exams. Hearing a petition, the High Court had asked the Telangana government to explore the possibility of emulating the grading system adopted by Punjab.

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Telangana HC says no to SSC exams in Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Ranga Reddy

Ending a month long suspense over the SSC examinations, the Telanagana High Court on Saturday directed the KCR government to conduct the examinations in all the districts barring Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Ranga Reddy districts in view of high incidence of corona cases in these three districts.

On May 18, the Telangana High Court gave a green signal for the conduct of the SSC examinations in the State from June 8, but suggested that certain measures have to be initiated by the government. However, in view of the alarming rise in corona cases in Telangana, a petition was filed in the High Court with an appeal to direct the State government to emulate the Punjab grading system.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Sai Mani Varun of Ranga Reddy district seeking the cancellation of the SSC exams in the interest of the students’ health, the High Court on Saturday directed the Telangana government to hold the examinations in all the districts of the state from June 8 except the three districts. The petitioner also contended that the Telangana government should emulate the Punjab government which had cancelled the class 10 exams and decided that students will be promoted based on their performance in pre-Board exams. The petitioner appealed to the High Court to direct the Telangana government to adopt the Punjab grading system model in view of the COVID-19 situation in Telangana.

Earlier in the day, the Telangana High Court pulled the KCR government if the lives of the students were more important than conducting SSC examinations.

Hearing a petition on conducting SSC exams, the High Court asked the AG why the Telangana government cannot explore the possibility of emulating the grading system adopted by Punjab. Further, the High Court had asked the Telangana government to conduct SSC examinations in all the districts barring Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy which have reported a surge of Covid-19 cases over the last one month or so.

To this, the AG informed the High Court that it is nearly impossible to hold the examinations at separate dates in different districts. It will be difficult to set the question papers for different districts. Advocate General B S Prasad argued that the state government had initiated all the necessary steps taken to conduct the SSC exams between June 8 and July 5. The government had procured thermal screening kits, masks and gloves and more than 4,000 medical staff were appointed. To this the High Court had asked the AG if the lives of the students were more important than the technical problems that the government is likely to face in conducting the SSC exams at different dates in different districts.

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