Kerala PSC goes the universities’ way, postpones all examinations, interviews

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the state, Kerala Public Service Commission has postponed all PSC examinations service verifications till April 30.

The commission has also postponed all departmental tests decided as per the January 2021 notification and the interviews and document verifications scheduled for April, May and June. New dates would be announced later, the commission announced here on Monday.

Meanwhile, the state general education department has claimed to have introduced a fool proof mechanism for the conduct of the ongoing SSLC and Plus Two examinations. The government has already ruled out any changes in the examination schedule. Following the intervention of Shashi Tharoor MP, state governor Arif Mohammed Khan, in his capacity as the chancellor of state universities, on Sunday directed universities to postpone all examinations for the time being.

The Director of General Education (DGE), Jeevan Babu in a statement on Monday, said Covid-19 protocol is strictly followed in all examination centres. Steps have been taken to ensure social distancing between students and instructions have been given so that all students, teachers and non-teaching staff wear triple layered masks at the examination centres. The body temperature of all students are recorded without fail and those in quarantine or are Covid-19 positive are provided with facilities for taking the examinations in special halls.

The answer papers of Covid-19 positive students are being collected in separate bags and arrangements have been made to send the same to evaluation centres safely, the statement said.

The ongoing SSL examination is scheduled to conclude on April 29 and the second year higher secondary and vocational higher secondary examinations by April 26. Over 4.2 lakh students take SSLC examination and the number of higher secondary and vocational higher secondary students attending the final year examination is around 4.5 lakh. Though both the examinations were to be completed before the assembly elections as per the original schedule, the examinations were postponed to April following the demands by the pro-CPM teachers’ union, citing clash of poll and examination schedules.

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