Plus One: Kerala approaches SC seeking permission to conduct offline exam
New Delhi: Kerala has approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to conduct Plus One examination in offline mode. The affidavit filed by Kerala in the Supreme Court pointed out that the students without computers, mobile phones and internet may not be able to attend the exams online and the marks cannot be decided based on model examination.
The state hopes to complete the examination before the third wave of COVID-19 in October, added the affidavit.
The Principal Secretary to General Education Department A P M Mohammed Hanish filed the affidavit before the apex court by revealing the state government stand on the matter.
The affidavit also highlighted the possibility of many students backing out of exams due to the difficulties in availing of internet facilities and lack of computers.
The offline exam will prevent the leak of question papers. Marks cannot be finalised based on model examination. Students appeared for the online model exams at their homes in the presence of their parents. If the exams are conducted offline, teachers will be able to supervise the students, noted the affidavit.
Compared to CBSE and ICSE, the Kerala board awards marks to students in a different manner, pointed out the affidavit.
The affidavit also stated that Plus One exam marks will be added along with the Plus Two exam marks for determining eligibility for higher studies. Students who failed the previous Plus Two exams must pass both the Plus One and Plus Two exams of the same subject. Kerala informed the Supreme Court that if the exam is not conducted in offline mode, the students who failed to clear the exam will land in trouble.
In July, the technological university conducted the BTech examination in offline mode. Almost one lakh students had attended the exams. Nearly 7 lakh students attended the JEE main exam conducted during the end of August and the beginning of September. Kerala has pointed out that the Plus One examination too can be conducted this way by following the Covid protocol.
Kerala had conducted the SSLC and Two examinations by following the Covid protocol in April. The Plus One examination was supposed to be held with the Plus Two examination, but due to the Covid restrictions, the examinations were not conducted together.
The Supreme Court bench chaired by Justice A M Khanwilkar will examine the affidavit of the Kerala government on September 13.