JSP chief Pawan Kalyan today called the decision of the YSR Congress Party-led state government to conduct the SSC and intermediate exams in Andhra Pradesh amidst the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic a foolish one.
(The AP Board of Secondary Education will conduct the class ten exams between June 6 and June 16. The AP intermediate exams too will commence on May 5.)
Speaking to the media, he said that the state government with its decision to hold the exams was making lakhs of students and their families vulnerable to the risk of contracting Covid-19.
Pointing out that the CBSE had cancelled class ten exams and promoted the students studying in schools affiliated with the board, Kalyan asked the state government why it had not also decided to promote tenth graders in a similar fashion.
He then demanded that the government reconsider its "illogical" decision and that, like the CBSE, it cancel all the class ten exams and at least postpone the intermediate exams.
"Where the people of AP are panic-struck and worried about the raging second wave, the government has decided to go ahead with SSC and inter exams. What kind of decision is this? The exams should be cancelled at once as they will put a large number of students and their families at risk," the JSP chief added.
(The rebuke comes after both the CBSE and the CISCE announced that they would be postponing their class 12 exams.)
The actor-turned-politician also took the opportunity to wish Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who recently tested positive
for Covid-19, a speedy recovery.
The CM is currently quarantining at his farmhouse in Erravalli.