The Telangana State Board of Technical Education and Training (SBTET) is set to conduct the supplementary examinations. According to the dates provided on the official website the examinations are scheduled to be conducted from July 3, 2020. The decision to conduct the Diploma supplementary examinations comes at a time when the Telangana Government has cancelled the SSC Exams. The exams will be conducted for a duration of two hours.
The decision to conduct the supplementary diploma exams has however not gone down well with the students who have demanded that the board postpone the supplementary exams keeping in mind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The students have stated that many will have to travel to different districts in order to appear for the supplementary exams given the fact that there are transportation limitations and the likelihood of an extension of the lockdown in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits.
According to the instructions issued by the board, all the principals have been asked to maintain physical distance among the students in the examination hall as per the government rules for conducting exams during the pandemic. The board, as part of the safety, measures have asked the students to carry along with them their own hand sanitizers in a transparent bottle, face masks and maintain social distancing outside the exam centres.
The students set to appear for the supplementary exams have conveyed their issues regarding the exams stating that attending the exams can result in the further spread of the disease.
SBTET Chairman Navin Mittal stated that the exams are being conducted mainly for the final year students and those who are appearing for the different competitive exams. The board officials have pointed out that the number of students appearing for the diploma supplementary exams is very less. While some exams have barely 10 students appearing throughout the state, others do not have more than 500. Which makes maintaining social distancing easier.