SC refuses to intervene in Kerala govt’s decision to conduct Plus One exams

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asserted that no intervention will be made to cancel Plus One examination in Kerala. The top court said that if the students from Kerala have any grievance with respect to Class 11 examination, then they can approach the High Court there. Kerala government has decided to conduct the postponed Plus One examination from September 6 to 16.

G Prakash, standing consul of Kerala government informed the apex court that cancellation of Plus One exams will affect the students’ Plus Two results. He argued that delay in Plus One results will not interrupt the education of the students.

Meanwhile, Adv Prasanth Padmanabhan who appeared for the petitioners pointed out that appearing for Plus One exams will create trouble for the students who already started attending the Plus Two classes.

The petitioners also argued that the exams should be cancelled as online classes are not accessible to all. But the Supreme Court declared that no order will be issued to cancel the Plus One examination.

The court opined that Plus One examination should be conducted once the COVID situation become under control. Necessary time should be provided to the students to prepare for the exams, added the court.

The Supreme Court told Andhra Pradesh it is not convinced of the precautionary measures suggested by the state for holding Class 12 board exams and said unless satisfied that there will be no fatality due to COVID, it will not allow them.

A special bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari, which posed tough questions to the Andhra Pradesh government on its decision to hold Class 12 board examinations, asked the standing counsel for the state Mahfooz A Nazki to place before the court the “snapshot of the file” giving reasons to hold the test.

“We are not satisfied with the precautionary measures you will be taking for holding the exams. We are not convinced with the mechanism you have devised. Unless we are satisfied that you are able to conduct the examination without any fatality, we will not allow you to hold the examination,” the bench said.

“We have to see the aspect of compensation in case of any fatality during the examination. Some States have given Rs 1 crore compensation for death due to COVID. We can look at things through that aspect,” it said.

The top court is hearing a plea seeking directions to state governments not to hold board exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 17, the top court was informed that out of 28 states, six states have already conducted the board exams, 18 states have cancelled them, but four states (Assam, Punjab, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh) have not cancelled them as of now.

(With added inputs from PTI)

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