Defending his government's decision to go ahead with the SSC and intermediate exams in the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today said that the cancellation of the class ten exams would harm the future of tenth graders greatly.
Refuting allegations of negligence, the CM asserted that nobody was as concerned about the students' welfare as he was.
"While it may seem wise to many to cancel the class ten board examinations, in the long term, this will only harm the student of AP, and will hurt their future prospects. If they are promoted without examinations, their suitability for further education or employment will remain questionable in the eyes of future recruiters," he explained.
Jagan also pointed out that the union government had left the decisions of holding the exams up to the state governments of the nation, and said that the reason he wanted to conduct the same was to ensure that students got seats in good educational institutions later.
He rued the fact that he was being "targeted" by his political rivals over a decision taken for the welfare of the students.
The move to hold the exams has attracted widespread rebuke. Some days ago, JSP chief Pawan Kalyan had flayed the AP government
for deciding to go ahead with the SSC and intermediate exams in the state amidst the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.