Private schools, Telangana govt face-off over SSC exam centres – Times of India


HYDERABAD: With the state failing to release the academic schedule for class 1 to class 8 students for the academic year 2020-21, private budget school managements are threatening to back off from handing over their campuses as exam centres to conduct SSC or Intermediate examinations.

The Telangana Recognised School Management Association (TRSMA), which has about 10, 000 schools as its members, said that unless the state releases an academic schedule and decides to conduct examinations for class 1 to class 9 students, they won’t be cooperating with the state government.


“Why should we cooperate with the government when they are least bothered about private schools and their staff. We will lock all our campuses and will not give them for the conduct of examinations,” said Shekhar Rao Y, president, TRSMA.

This year, to conduct SSC exams, following all Covid-19 norms, the number of exam centres and classrooms needs to be doubled. “As per the norms, only one student will be seated per bench, and in a room, there will be hardly 11 to 12 students. To accommodate all students, we need to take extra rooms in centres or have to add new centres,” said A Satyanarayana Reddy, director, government examinations, adding that they would need about 5,000 exam centres to conduct SSC examinations.

Speaking to TOI, Reddy said that apart from using government and private schools, they will also be using government and private junior colleges to conduct SSC exams. “Private managements have no option except to follow the orders of the state. They have no right to say that they won’t let us use their campuses as exam centres,” said Reddy.

The management, meanwhile, said that these are dire circumstances and added that as the question is about the survival of private budget colleges, they would not hesitate to go to any extent. This year, even to conduct Inter exams, the Board of Intermediate Education is planning to utilize schools as well as junior colleges as centres. Inter exams are to be held from May 1, SSC exams will begin on May 17.

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