Though there were enough arrangements in place last year, there was some confusion at some places. The administration had made transport facilities to ferry students to their schools. However this year, candidates’ parents are given complete responsibility of their transport.
Meanwhile, the school authorities and academicians have asked the district administration to prepare a comprehensive plan for SSLC students from the Karnataka-Kerala border. The Dakshina Kannada district administration has also made negative RT-PCR test report mandatory to enter the district, following the detection of Delta variant of Covid-19 in Kerala.
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Malleswamy, DDPI, said that as on date, there are about 430 SSLC candidates registered from Kerala, and they will take the exam in Mangaluru. “Last year, the district administration had provided them transport. As per our current plans, parents of candidates have to pick up and drop their wards. Most of them stay near exam centres,” the officer said.
Asked whether an admit card is sufficient to cross the Karnataka border for parents as well, Malleswamy said that they will discuss the issue at a meeting on July 3. It will be attended by officers from the police, KSRTC and related departments.
An official from BEO south, having 101 Kerala students in its limits, said a majority of SSLC candidates write the exam at centres near the Talapady border. “We don’t think there will be a problem for them to commute,” the official added.
Puttur BEO limits has 72 SSLC candidates from Kerala. Teachers and parents have been given the responsibility to bring candidates to the centre. “Last year, there were only 12 centres, while it has doubled this year. Some centres are close to the Kerala-Karnataka border for the convenience of Kerala students,” said Lokesh C, BEO, Puttur.
Kasaragod district panchayat standing committee chairman Harshad Vorkady requested Dakshina Kannada officials to come up with a concrete plan, so that students are not inconvenienced. “Students are already stressed due to the delay in exams being conducted. Let us not add to their woes,” he said.