Lokesh issues 36 hours deadline to AP govt on 10th, Intermediate exams issue

Vijayawada : Telugu Desam Party National General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh on Wednesday issued a 36-hour deadline to the Jagan Mohan Reddy headed Andhra Pradesh government to take a wise decision to cancel the 10th class and Intermediate examinations in order to save the lives of lakhs of students, parents and teachers.

Mr. Lokesh demanded the AP Government to change its adamant stand and it should say in its affidavit before the Supreme Court of India about its willingness to cancel the exams. “Otherwise, the Telugu Desam Party will further step up its agitation as well as its legal struggle to protect the interests of students at any cost”, he warned.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Nara Lokesh said that as a father, he would not like to send his own son to write examinations at the risk of getting infected. AP Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh should also think like a father and he should introspect whether it would be correct to apply different moral standards for his own children and those of the rest of parents in the State.

Mr. Lokesh urged Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to pay a little attention to the students’ problems and his regime should immediately promote all the students to higher classes to facilitate the beginning of the next academic year in time. No exams should be conducted and marking systems should be followed on the lines of the CBSE.

The TDP MLC said “The Supreme Court bench has clearly said that the AP Government should have to take the responsibility if any student or parent will succumb to Covid because of its decision on exams. The TDP will say that Chief Minister Jagan Reddy and his Ministers to be held responsible”.

Mr. Lokesh asserted that all those Corona deaths after the exams were held would be considered the Government murders. “The YCP regime has been acting very belatedly on crucial issues like the Coronavirus and the students examinations. Last year, the TDP demanded early cancellation of exams but the Government took this decision only after postponing the exams several times thus putting needless stress to the students”, he charged.

Decrying the Chief Minister’s unilateral decisions, Mr. Lokesh said that a report from the IIT-Kanpur has clearly indicated the likelihood of 3rd wave infections reaching their peak by October. If the AP exams were held in July or August, then it would push the entire country into a greater risk when compared with other States.

Moreover, these exams would clash with the competitive exams like the JEE Mains. The students were under great stress because of multiple exams and also due to the threat to their parents., Mr.Lokesh opined.