'Focus area': Kerala HC allows government's 70:30 formula for preparing board exam question papers

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Kochi: The Kerala high court dismissed a plea against the 'focus area' of the SSLC and Plus Two classes and approved the formula of the education department to prepare the question papers.

A group of petitioners had challenged the idea of setting question papers for SSLC, Higher Secondary, Vocational Higher Secondary exams, exclusively from the 'focus area' of the syllabus. HC pointed out that it will be beneficial for students in the upcoming competitive examinations.

The education department decided to set up question papers from both 'focus area' and 'non-focus area' in the proportion of 70:30. The petitioners pleaded to rule out questions from the 'non-focus area'.

According to the court, if the demand is allowed, most students will score a high mark which will demean the value of the certificate. HC asserted that the present system is devised in such a way that only the best students will get the top marks. The same method ensures that those qualified for higher studies have opportunities, the court said.

HC flagged that if a liberal stance is taken, the eligible students after exams will suffer in their future, including in the engineering entrance exam. The court also made it clear that policy matters is the prerogative of state government.

The plea was filed by Njarackal Government Vocational Higher Secondary PTA President Denny Varghese and Gopalakrishnan.

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