Hyderabad: The Hyderabad School Parents Association has extended its support to the government’s decision to conduct the SSC Exams from May 17. However, the association requested the authorities to reduce the syllabus for this academic year to 50 per cent.
Parents and students would be permitted to travel to the centres in their own vehicles. Hall tickets would be treated as COVID-19 pass for movement. Students, who used to reside in hostels and went back to their homes, would be brought back with special transportation arrangements.
Parents of the students appearing for exams would be allowed to stay near the exam centres to pick up their wards. The SCS said if the order staying conducting of the SSC exams was not vacated, students community would suffer an irreparable damage.
Special Chief Secretary (Education) Chitra Ramachandran, in a counter affidavit, assured the HC that government was taking all precautions to ensure that the COVID pandemic did not spread to anyone in holding the examinations. Special buses would be arranged to ferry students to exam centres.
In a press release, the association said, “We would like to urge the government to simplify the process of examination by way of limiting the syllabus to 50 per cent instead of 30 per cent syllabus reduction decision taken by the government, and also provide study material in the form of video lessons exercises and Q&A types to the students.”
The association further requested the government to arrange virtual classes and provide video recording of virtual classes to all the students. It urged that no student should be refused from writing examinations for non-payment/pending fee dues and dues, if any, can be collected at the time of taking TC. “Government should issue strict guidelines and prescribe penal actions against the school which refuse students from writing examinations on any ground,” the association stated.