Lokesh vows legal fight for cancellation of exams

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CM’s stubborn ideas destroying future of AP students
Students under great stress due to over delay
5 lakh students supported exam cancellations

AMARAVATI: TDP National General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh on Tuesday strongly objected to the YSRCP Government’s move to hold the 10th and Intermediate examinations in August without considering its harmful consequences on the future studies of the AP students.

Mr. Lokesh assured the students and parents to wage another legal struggle to pressurise the AP Government to cancel the exams along the lines of many other States and the national level CBSE and ICSE boards in the country. Over 5 lakh students have supported the demand for cancellation of exams in an online whatsapp drive. This agitation has been successfully going on for over two months.

Taking part in a virtual discussion on “Exams during Coronavirus and stress on students”, Mr. Nara Lokesh pointed out that over 560 teachers have died due to the virus infections and the pandemic has claimed the lives of 11,552 people till now. Over 14 States have cancelled the exams altogether and their students started preparing for the JEE and NEET entrance tests. But, the AP regime was creating greater confusion in its students with its adamant decisions.

Mr. Lokesh deplored that instead of encouraging the students, this Government was shaking their confidence. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting and took a bold decision to cancel the CBSE 12th class examinations all over the country. But our ‘paracetamol Reddy’ was sitting pretty in his Tadepalli residence without thinking about the problems of the students. The AP CM was still sticking to his thoughtless stand of conducting the exams.

The TDP MLC said that any ruler would pay close attention to the well being of children as they were considered a future asset for the nation. But, Mr. Jagan Reddy was acting mindlessly with regard to even the students’ issues. The failure of the YCP has caused a greater spread of Covid in the villages as well. All the other Chief Ministers were visiting Covid hospitals in their States to create confidence in the patients but the AP CM was not coming out of his Tadepalli palace.

Mr. Nara Lokesh drew the AP regime’s attention to the likely greater threat from the Covid third wave. The experts were sounding greater caution on this. Already, its impact was being felt in AP. As per a report in the national media, over 23,920 out of the total 2.3 lakh new cases in the last 2 weeks were below 18 years of age. It meant over 10 percent of the infected were children, which was a matter of great alarm.

Expressing serious concern, Mr. Lokesh said that the doctors have found over 4,200 Covid positive children in East Godavari district which became the worst hit virus hot spot in the State. Reports said over 3,800 children were infected in the Chittoor district. The experts were expressing fears over the likelihood of over 40 lakh children getting infected. It would not sane for the Government to hold exams under such threatening circumstances.

Mr. Lokesh deplored that the 10th class students in AP were in greater confusion because of the uncertainty. Already, inter classes have begun for them in some towns and cities. They had no idea whether they would have to prepare for the 10th exams or not. Intermediate was considered a turning point in a student’s education. The Jagan regime should bring in transparency and clarity in their approach to these students’ future.

The TDP MLC said that it would take nearly October to complete the whole process of examinations if they were started in September. Then it would become difficult to begin the calendar for the next academic year. It would be impossible to complete the syllabus of one full academic year in just four months. The Jagan regime was obviously repeating last year’s mistake when they postponed 10th exams three times before finally cancelling them altogether.

Mr. Lokesh slammed the Government for causing a great deal of stress among the students with its meaningless and illogical decisions. Psychological stress would disturb the future studies of the children to a large extent.