Demand arises to postpone KEAM; no change in exam schedule, says KT Jaleel
Kozhikode: Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many students and parents are requesting to postpone the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical entrance examination (KEAM 2020). They are raising concerns as triple lockdown has been declared in Thiruvananthapuram and the COVID threat is existing. However, Minister for Higher Education K T Jaleel told mathrubhumi.com that there are no plans to change the date of entrance exams yet and it will be conducted as per the schedule.
The minister said that the Centre has allowed to conduct the exams adhering to the safety protocols. All precautions will be taken under the current circumstances while conducting the exam. If the exam is postponed, the students will be in stress. Those who are prepared will face difficulties if the dates are changed. The exam centres also will not be changed. In case of any situations like triple lockdown, alternate systems will be arranged, the minister added.
The entrance was scheduled for April 20 and 21. But it was postponed to July 16 due to the COVID crisis. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also had said that exams will not be postponed. However, the students and parents are concerned as the number of COVID cases are increasing day by day. Majority of the students use public transportation to reach the exam centre. They are worried if the exam will be postponed in the last minute.
The central government had postponed the JEE and NEET examinations to September considering the threat of COVID transmission. The students and parents are requesting that the state government also should postpone the entrance exam under the current circumstances.