The crowd outside the St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School for the KEAM 2020 demonstrated the delinquency of social distancing norms. Even after three months of lockdown and release of new norms, the situation is back to square one. The incident took place in Kerela’s capital Thiruvananthapuram where the coronavirus disease is spreading rapidly.
The day marked the assemblage of over a thousand people running in and out of the school’s gate. Troops of people were seen, where some groups were formed inside the campus while many were standing outside the center.
The incident took place outside the St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School in Pattom. Thursday witnessed the crowd of students who came to appear for the Kerala Engineering Architecture and Medical Entrance exam.
Despite rapidly rising coronavirus cases, the government of Kerala conducted the KEAM entrance test for over 1.3 lakh students. The exam was conducted in multiple states of Kerala on Thursday.
The photos demonstrate the failure of social distancing norms in Kerala where the authorities failed to manage the crowd. The KEAM exam took place when Thiruvananthapuram was imposed with triple lockdown due to rising coronavirus cases.
The state of Kerala has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases among 14 districts through communication spread. Thiruvananthapuram reported over 1505 active cases through contact spread on Friday.
A student tweeted that they are left with no choice but to sit fir exams because their future depends on these exams. He further added that when the state took the board exams over 35 students were infected. No matter how may mails, letters, or petition students file, they will still conduct the exams.
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and various other states have postponed the Common Entrance Tests (CETs) due to surging COVID-19 cases. The Kerala administration however agreed on to go ahead with the KEAM entrance exams as per the scheduled dates.
In spite of the requests, letters, and emails the government conducted the exams. Where students of the state were against the exams, the student union of the state-supported the decision. The cases in the state of Kerala are rising with every passing day. The SFI officer asserted that it was a one-off incident. He added that the KEAM exam center must be having a list of students who appeared for the test. The government should use the student’s list to rectify what’s done and should regulate certain precautions.