The SSLC, higher secondary and vocational higher secondary public examinations in Kerala will be held, as decided earlier, from May 26, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday.
The announcement came hours after the state cabinet walked back from its earlier order and decided to postpone the pending examinations to the first week of June.
Addressing the media on Wednesday evening, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the confusion was due to the delay in getting permission from the Centre and that the exams will now be conducted as scheduled from May 26 to 30.
As per the schedule, SSLC exams will be held between May 26 and 28, while Class 12 exams will be held from May 26 to 30.
Vijayan said the government will take all precautions for the smooth conducting of the exams and will also arrange the transportation facility for the students.
There will not be any examination centre in containment zones.
The examinations were initially scheduled to be completed in March end but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The state government's decision to begin the examinations from May 26 has attracted strong objections from the Congress-led United Democratic Front which alleged that the decision would leave around 13 lakh students in the state vulnarable to the risk of COVID-19 exposure.