A large number of CA aspirants have continued to campaign against the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for not postponing upcoming CA exams amid the pandemic.
The candidates have claimed that ICAI is not responding to their concerns which include the location of exam centres in coronavirus hotspots and safety protocols at the exam centres, among other issues.
Ethically Covid + must opt out. But they won't. Asymptomatic won't @theicai . Even they are adamant like our beloved CCMs . CCMs exams le k rahenge and asymptomatic exams de k rahenge. #ICAI#icaiexams#ICAI_DENIES_SAFETY#ICAI_DENIES_SAFTEY#ICAI_BE_TRANSPARENT— Ruchita Agarwal (@Ruchita44850926) November 19, 2020
Ok, if someone tests positive during exams, will rest of the students and invigilator be quarantined? And who will inform the same to the students??— 🧚🏻♀️ BRING BACK TRUE INDOLOGY (@YooDonnoMe) November 19, 2020
How convenient is that to choose to answer what you feel is important to you, ignoring other student queries, we are just a day away with no clarity!#ICAI_DENIES_SAFETY#StudentsLivesMatter#icaiexampostponment#icaiexams#hypocrisy#icaiexams@RajatSharmaLive@indiatvnews— Sanaya (@iambuterflygirl) November 19, 2020
Sir pls make me understand ur concern towards your beloved student :-— Ankit (@Ankit_stv) November 19, 2020
1)You are not clear , if one student get positive, what about the other who are in the same class or at same centre.
2)What about remaining paper of student who himself not positive and some other get +ve
Just a fact. My father was diagnosed covid positive. Me and mother were also with fever but did not do the testing. After taking paracetamol, I was perfectly fine. What happens if the same is done by any other student. Mostly people do not get the test done.#ICAI_DENIES_SAFETY— Amit Sarda (@amit4738) November 19, 2020
However, the ICAI yesterday released a notification to alleviate students' worries regarding the examination, which is scheduled to be conducted from November 21 to December 14.
On November 19 notification, the CA institute said, "The Institute is wholly committed to the wellbeing of its students who intend to appear in the ensuing examinations commencing from 21.11.2020. They need not entertain any apprehensions created by such elements".
The ICAI added that as per the Ministry of Health's SOP if a candidate is medically reported to be COVID-19 positive, he/she cannot be allowed to enter the examination center and appear for any examination.
The ICAI also warned students who are stating on social media that despite being tested COVID-19 positive, they will have to appear for CA Exams. The institute said, "False rumor-mongering/violation of Disaster Management Act shall be appropriately dealt with in accordance with law".
The CA Institute has prescribed an "opt-out" scheme for students who are COVID-19 positive or have symptoms of coronavirus in a notification. Those living with COVID-19 positive family members can also avail the scheme.
The ICAI also changed more centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Tirunelveli yesterday.
A total of over four lakh students will appear for the CA exams beginning 21 November. There are around 1.085 exam centres. The CA exams are conducted in a staggered manner divided into Foundation, Intermediate and Final streams.