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KEAM attendees’ coronavirus infection;a set back to Kerala’s corona fight

CNM Staff Reporter
One more KEAM related coronavirus case is reported,today at Palakkad. A teacher who took KEAM duty tested positive.The number of infected case has risen to five.
The KEAM examination conducted on 16th of July, turns to be more and more controversies as five of  the students who attended the examination tested positive for Covid 19.
The examination was not postponed despite of repeated  plea from students,parents and media interference.
 It led to  lot of discussions on social media and other media networks, which were all ignored by the authorities.  Out of the 1,10,000 registered, more than 88,000 students attended the examination.
The exams were conducted following the Covid 19 protocols. The Police and other volunteers were available for the maintenance of social distance. In spite of this, 3 COVID 19 cases were reported among the students who attended the exam, two from Thiruvananthapuram and one from Kozhikode. A parent from Thiruvananthapuram was also tested positive, by July 21. Later, two more students were tested positive, making a total of 5 students.
A picture of a large crowd formed by the parents at the entrance of an examination centre in Thiruvananthapuram, the district dealing with local transmission of the disease, went viral on Social Media on the day of the examination.
A case was registered on around 300 people, for not following the Covid 19 protocols.
The cases among the parents have caused more trouble, as they stood outside the exam hall until the exams were over and their contact tracing becomes more difficult. The opposition parties blame the government to take this major step in spite of all the pleading by the students and different leaders.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been postponed to September from July, The University examinations have been postponed to September by the UGC, and even International and foreign universities have delayed their schedules as a result of the pandemic. Even the CBSE Board examinations are cancelled at this condition, giving utmost importance to the health of the students. Some state governments like Punjab, Telengana have cancelled their University and College examinations. Rajasthan also cancelled UG,PG examinations. Kerala government ignored continuous plea from candidates and parents  to postpone Keam in the wake of Covid-19 cluster spread and the increased number of Covid-19 patients.

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