II PU chemistry re-examination rescheduled to March 31

Following pressure from second pre-university (PU) students to re-schedule the chemistry re-examination, the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) now has decided to conduct the examination on March 31.

Earlier, the department had decided to hold the re-examination on March 29 so that students would get adequate time to prepare for their competitive examinations.

However, on Thursday afternoon a meeting was convened by Deputy Chairman in Legislative Council Marithibbe Gowda, which was attended by over a dozen elected representatives as well as Minister for State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar and senior education department officials. Members across party lines expressed that students, who have to appear for their Kannada examination on March 28 will be at a disadvantage and have less than half a day to prepare for the chemistry re-examination.

Following this, a decision was taken to re-schedule the chemistry re- examination. The other examinations scheduled on March 28 are Tamil, Malayalam and Arabic.

Earlier this week, second PU students, along with their parents, had staged a protest outside DPUE seeking postponement of re-examination, which was announced after the chemistry paper on March 21 was leaked.