Primary and Higher Secondary Education Minister Visveshwara Hegde Kageri on Tuesday scotched rumours that the SSLC examinations scheduled from April 1 would be advanced due to the Legislative Assembly elections.

Referring to reports appearing in a section of the press, Mr. Kageri told presspersons in Gulbarga that the SSLC exams would be held as scheduled and the government would not advance it. The elections would not come in the way of annual exams, he said. He said the government has decided to extend the scheme of encouraging students who top the SSLC exams by presenting them with computers at the taluk-level from next year. At present, three students who topped in the individual districts are provided one computer each. The scheme of imparting skill development and vocation courses as a subject in the ninth standard, which was introduced on pilot basis in nine districts this academic year, would be extended to all the districts from next year, he said.

‘Elections will not come in the way of annual exams’