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Parents of final year diploma students want final exams deferred

Panaji: The parents of students studying in the final year of diploma programmes, under various departments of the Polytechnics in the state, on Tuesday urged the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant that these students should not be compelled to appear for their final exams, scheduled to be held in July/ August 2020, due to the ongoing Corona pandemic.

“We understand that examination is must and our children will only complete their diploma (course) after answering their finals,” the parents wrote in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, further pointing out, “But at the same time being parents we are very much concerned regarding the safety of our children and we request that until situation is under control no examination should be held.”

“We further urge you to kindly intervene in this matter and direct the Board of Technical Education, Goa to take necessary steps and avoid conducting examination at least at this stage,” it stated.

The memorandum also mentions  that it has been brought to the notice that a notification was also issued in which students are liable to submit an application in a prescribed format, which states that the students were registered to answer April 2020 Board examination now scheduled to be held in July/ August 2020.

The parents maintained that many of the Polytechnic students come from areas like Bicholim, Mapusa, Sankhalim, and Sattari, which are presently declared as containment zones and one asymptomatic student or invigilator can infect all the students in a classroom answering the particular exam. 

“The viral load of being in the same room for four hours is very high,” the memorandum pointed out, adding that under these circumstances, we are afraid to send our children to the examination centre located at different colleges.

It also stated that the safety of these students would be at risk while travelling from residences to the examination centres, as the state is already reeling under COVID-19 situation and the number of positive cases drastically rising.

The memorandum also informs that the examination related notification does not mention what Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

the Board would follow while conducting the said examination.

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