A massive fire broke out in the laboratory of a school near Ullal in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on Monday while students were taking the SSLC examination in an adjoining room, police sources said. Teachers quickly shifted the students to a nearby building and ensured that the examination was not interrupted, they said. Fire service personnel deployed to the spot and extinguished the fire, they said.
The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams started across the state on Monday, amid COVID-19 concerns. Nearly 8.76 lakh students have registered themselves for the exam. This is for the second consecutive year that the Department of Primary and Secondary Education is conducting the SSLC examinations amid the pandemic.
The state government also brought down students from bordering states like Kerala and Goa in government buses. A camp was set up on these borders to check students for COVID. Over 20 students who reached from Goa to Karnataka underwent RT-PCR test for COVID-19.
Today, over 8 lakh students is writing Maths, Science and Social Science exams. The total number of marks is 120 and each subject has questions for 40 marks. While the OMR sheet for Maths is in Pink colour, the OMR sheet for Science is Orange colours and Social Science is in green colour.