Hyderabad: Even as educational institutions have been declared closed by the state of Telangana till March 31, as a precautionary measure against coronavirus, officials have confirmed that exams will go on as usual. Clearing confusions, the chief minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhara Rao, in a high-level cabinet meeting on March 14 confirmed that all exams will be held as usual. “All exams will be conducted as per schedule, without any changes. However, educational institutions-including schools, colleges, universities and coaching centres- both government and private, will be closed down,” the chief minister said.
The chief minister further added that all the examinations will be held with adequate precautionary measures. The Telangana SSC examinations, which are to commence from March 19, will also be conducted as per schedule. The SSC exams will be held till April 6.
The Telangana state Intermediate Examinations are also ongoing. The exams, which began on March 4, will end on March 23. As of late, seven exams are yet to be conducted. An official associated with the Telangana state Board of Intermediate education (TSBIE) said, “Exams will be held as usual. We ask students to follow all precautionary measures in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.”
While there are three examinations pending for CBSE students, none of the exams have been postponed, amid coronavirus concerns. Anjali Razdan, formerly associated with CBSE and principal of Obul Reddy public school said, “There are concerns regarding COVID-19, but it is advised not to postpone these exams, because only three exams are pending. Even after the exams end, there will be paper correction duties for teachers as well. What we can do now is to ensure precautionary measures and prevent further spread of coronavirus.”
In an attempt to avoid public gatherings as much as possible, the Telangana government has ordered a complete shutdown on public seminars, workshops, trade fairs, exhibitions, and rallies. Indoor, and outdoor stadiums, zoo parks, museums, swimming pools, bars and pubs will also remain closed from Saturday.