Karnataka Government scheduled one SSLC preparatory exam 2024 in the afternoon for Friday namaz: Truth or Myth?

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Karnataka state 10th standard exam timetable was released. All the exams are in the morning session, but for Friday. Why? Oh, time for Namaz?

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Explanation

The Karnataka School Examination and Assessment Board (KSEAB) unveiled the official timetable for the SSLC exams in 2024 on January 17, 2024. Scheduled from March 26 to April 6, 2024, the class 10 exams will be conducted offline. Preparatory exams are set for February 26 to March 2, 2024. The Karnataka Board will release the Class 10 admit cards in March 2024, accessible via the official website, and students can also obtain them from their respective schools.

Meanwhile, a viral post was purporting on X (formerly Twitter) that the Karnataka state 10th standard exam timetable was released and all the exams were in the morning session, but for the Friday (March 1, 2024) exam, it’s in the afternoon for Friday namaz. This viral post was posted on February 4, 2024, and it’s been viewed by 313.2k as of this writing.

The same viral claim was posted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters and can be seen here, here, here, and here. 

What is the Truth?

We searched the Karnataka School Examination and Assessment Board (KSEAB) government official website, and we found that at the end of the circular note, KSEAB mentioned that the SSLC Science subject Preparatory Examination is set for the afternoon of March 1, 2024, as some Composite PU Colleges and Karnataka Public Schools are being used as examination centers for the 2nd PUC Examination-1 on the same day.

Additionally, we found a tweet from the Karnataka Congress mentioning that, as the PUC exam is starting on March 1st, the SSLC exam is being conducted on that day in the afternoon. As there is no PUC exam on the next day, Saturday, the SSLC exam will begin for Silver. This move is to avoid confusion and a shortage of examination centers, they added. BJP Karnataka is spreading fake news with false propaganda. 

In response to the controversy, Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa explained that the SSLC exam in Karnataka is scheduled in the afternoon to prevent any clash with the II PUC exams, not to accommodate ‘namaz’ practices. He also defended the Congress government’s policy on exam fees in response to criticism from former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. The same was reported by many media outlets, such as The Hindu, TOI, Hindustan Times, Free Press Journal, and many others.

Conclusion

No, KSEAB is not conducting one SSLC preparatory exam in the afternoon for Friday namaz. Right-wing activist Chakravarthi Sulibele’s viral tweet is baseless.

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