Gujarat seeks Centre help to jab all above 18 for Class 12 exam
BANKING ON support from the Centre, the Gujarat government is planning to vaccinate all those aged above 18 who will appear in the Class 12 state board exams which scheduled to begin on July 1. The drive is expected to cover nearly 6 lakh students from around 10 lakh who will appear for the Class 12 board and Class 10 repeat examinations, officials said.
Confirming the move, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told that “We have analysed the district-wise data of students who are 18 years and above age group. But this will also depend on the availability of vaccine stocks, for which the state government will request the Central Government to provide assistance.”
Chudasama said that the details, including whether both doses will be given and location of vaccination centres, “can be worked out based on the stock availability and after consultation with the Health Ministry”.
According to officials, more than 1.4 lakh students will be appearing for the Class 12 exams in the science stream and 5.43 lakh in the general stream. There will also be over 1 lakh Class 10 repeating students for whom exams starts from July 1.
Till now, records show that 11,36,598 people in the age group of 18-44 years have been inoculated in Gujarat.
On Friday, the Gujarat Self Financed School Management Federation wrote to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Education Minister Chudasama asking the Central government to vaccinate Class 12 students as a “special case”.
“We had also requested the state government during a recent meeting on the practicability of holding Class 12 board exams that eligible students should get vaccinated on a priority basis,” Bharat Gajipara, who heads the federation, said.
For the state board exams, the government has announced several safety protocols, such as a limit of 20 students in one classroom and strict implementation of Covid-appropriate behaviour.