Speaking with thousands of students, parents, academics, and activists in a Digital Town Hall, Nara Lokesh condemned the government for deciding to hold 10th and Inter exams as planned. He remarked how dangerous this was, putting 15 lakh students and 1 lakh teachers at deadly risk. TNSF State President MV Pranav Gopal organized the Digital Town Hall. Lokesh commented how he questioned himself if he would send his own kid Devansh to exams if he were in 10th class. This wasn’t a political exercise but a humanitarian request to the government, especially when children and youth below 30 years made up 20-40% of the covid cases this time.
About 50 teachers have been reported dead so far in the state. AP is 5th in India in total Covid-19 cases, 2nd in Vaccine wastage. Lokesh pointed out that many employees of the secretariat were suffering from corona and a few of them passed away. Lokesh demanded if CM Jagan Reddy can guarantee corona will not come to students and their parents. He pointed out hundreds of students were infected with covid-19 in Vijayawada and Rajahmundry in the last 24 hours.
Concluding the meeting, Lokesh remarked that the CM was considering conducting the exams after his letter to Jagan specifically asking for cancelation or postponement. Lokesh urged listeners to express their support and their thoughts by texting CBE20 to 94441 90000 on WhatsApp number. Their comments would be displayed on a digital wall at http://www.cancelapboardexams2021.com. Within a few hours, the whatsapp number got a tremendous response, with 1.2 lakh messages received from students. The server faced issues for a while, with 11 messages being received per second. Lokesh warned that if the government doesn’t cancel exams in 48 hours, he would intensify the movement.