BENGALURU: Certain additional measures would be taken to enable
students, who appeared for the SSLC (Class 10) exam with those subsequently
testing COVID-19 positive, to write their remaining papers without fear,
Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Sunday. He said all 18
students and the invigilator of the exam hall in Hassan district, where a COVID
positive student appeared to write the maths exam on Saturday, have tested
"If any student is confirmed COVID-19 positive during the exam, arrangements will be made for other students to appear for the remaining papers by providing them safety as per the advice of the health department," Kumar was quoted as saying in an official press release.
According to the health department, he said, since thermal screening, physical
distancing of over one metre, use of face mask and sanitiser were followed in
the exam centre, the other students in the hall cannot be considered as
The health department had stated this in response to a clarification sought by the education department on contact tracing, the Minister said.
He directed officials to ensure one student per desk and maintain a distance of six feet between the desks.
The department has suggested measures like disinfecting rooms, allowing other students in that room to write the exam for the remaining period in another room or permit them to take the supplementary examination, among others, he added.
According to the Minister, the health department has identified about 25 students from across the state to be infected by COVID-19 and they have been exempted from the ongoing SSLC exams.
The exams began on June 25 and is scheduled to end on July 4.
A student appearing for the exam on Saturday at Government PU College at Mallipattana in Arakalgud taluk of Hassan district had tested positive for COVID-19.