India recorded 1,99,376 new COVID-19 cases on April 14 claiming 1037 deaths. Meghalaya recorded 100 fresh cases on Wednesday which is the highest daily spike but the state government is in no mood to impose lockdown again.
Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong made it clear that there would not be in any lockdown in the state. However, he added that there might be some restrictions as the state government has been monitoring the COVID situation keenly and it has decided to hold 2-3 meetings each week to take necessary actions.
On Wednesday, a high level meeting was held to review the pandemic situation and decided to go ahead with the MBoSE board exams which will begin from April 16 as scheduled. “The board exams will go ahead as scheduled and fixed by the Education Department,” the Deputy Chief Minister added.
He said that government has instructed the Education Department to ensure that each and every examination centres in the state follows COVID-19 protocols and SOPs . “We request everyone not to panic and go to examination centre happily and safely,” he added.
The student body also submitted a letter to the Dy Chief Minister citing that they were not in the right frame of mind to appear board examinations especially in offline mode. They were not able to focus fearing that they might get infected with the virus. “We have seen your statement that any student who gets infected with COVID-19 will get another chance to write his/her papers but what will happen if any of us get seriously ill or die?” they questioned.
They also expressed that they were not benefitted from online classes. “Our preparations have not been upto mark since we could not attend our regular classes last year. Therefore we request the government to either postpone the examinations or take online tests,” the students requested.
The student have also created two WhatsApp groups where they are able to register 4000 students to join the campaign against offline exams.