A plea has been filed in the Kerala High Court against the conduction of the Kerala Nursing Examination 2021, which is set to be conducted in offline mode. Students are seeking the cancellation of the offline exam, according to the plea.
The plea regarding the cancellation of the nursing exam has been filed by two B.Sc. nursing students in the state, who are asking the Kerala University of Health Sciences to cancel the examination in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic situation.
According to the plea, the university has not taken the Covid-19 pandemic into consideration while deciding on the conduction of offline exams. They said that the conduction of offline exams will put the students’ lives in danger.
The plea also talked about how several students travelled back to the hostel to appear for the Kerala Nursing Examination 2021 but were later tested positive for Covid-19, thus, posing a great risk to their health and risking the spread of the infection.
Students not vaccinated yet: Plea
In the plea, it was stated that the students who tested positive for Covid-19 were not allowed to seek medical treatment, which could have posed a lot of risk to their health. The students also cited the UGC guidelines for the conduction of the exams.
The plea states that many of the students have not been vaccinated with both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, which needs to be the minimum requirement for the conduction of offline examinations, as per the University Grants Commission.
The students wrote in the plea that the conduction of offline exams during the current pandemic situation is a violation of their rights under Article 14 and Article 21 of the Indian constitution. Thus, they are pushing for the cancellation of the exams.
The Kerala Nursing Examination 2021 is set to commence from August 4 in offline mode. The examination is being protested by a lot of students due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the state, which is on a slight decline now