Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa wished the students appearing for the examination good luck.
In a message, he said they should write the examination without any fear and appealed to them to follow the protocol of wearing masks, using sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing.
Speaking to reporters, he said the government has made all the necessary arrangements required for the examination.
The chief minister said there was no connection between the lockdown and the SSLC exams, adding they would go on as per schedule.
The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams began in Karnataka on Thursday amid tight security and rigid precautions amid the coronavirus scare.
The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) on the directions of the state government decided to conduct the SSLC or the 10th standard board exams amid COVID- 19 fears.
According to KSEEB officials, as many as 8,48,203 students would take up the examination at 2,879 exam centres.