HYDERABAD: At a time when the
Telangana government cancelled the SSC exams, there is no relief for diploma
students as the Telangana State Board of Technical Education and Training
(SBTET) is all set to hold supplementary exams from July 3.
As per the time-table, the SBTET will conduct supplementary exams for diploma students from July 3 for two hours. The decision has not gone down well among a section of students who have demanded the board to postpone the examinations in view of rise in Covid-19 cases across Telangana and likelihood of a lockdown in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits.
“Many students like me have to travel to different districts to appear for the examination. There are transportation limitations and likelihood of another lockdown in GHMC limits will only make matters worse,” said Hafeez Mohammed, a candidate.
As per instructions issued by the board, all principals have been asked to duly maintain physical distance among students by making seating arrangements as per the government norms. The board has also asked students to carry their own hand sanitizer in transparent bottles, cover their nose and mouth with a mask/cloth and maintain social distance inside and outside examination centers.
Students fear that attending these examinations may result in further spread of Covid-19. “When the government can postpone SSC exams then why not the diploma exams? They should not risk our lives like this,” asked a student.
Officials said that the examination is primarily being conducted for final year students and those intending to appear for different competitive exams. “The number of diploma students appearing for the supplementary exams is very less. In some examinations, barely 10 students appear throughout the state and in others not more than 500. So maintaining social distancing is not a problem. Students should not fret about their safety,” said Navin Mittal, chairman of SBTET.