Supreme Court permits Kerala govt to conduct offline exams for Class XI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday, September 17,  expressed pleasure over the steps being taken by the Kerala government to ensure that no untoward situation is encountered by students and approved its decision to conduct offline exam for Class eleven.

A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said: "We are convinced by the explanation offered by the state and trust authorities will take all precautions and necessary steps so that no untoward situation is faced by wards who are of tender age and appearing for the proposed examination." The bench observed that the third wave is not in the offing immediately, and it had earlier intervened, as there was a possibility of a third wave of corona by September. The bench, also comprising Justice C.T. Ravikumar, said the Kerala government has given convincing explanations, and mentioned that holistic approach has to be taken in the matter and the authorities concerned are conscious of their duties.

In an affidavit, the state government had contended that online exams would prejudice students belonging to backward classes, who have no access to either computer and mobile phone. The state government said the Class 11 marks are added to Class 12 scores for the purposes of higher education, making it imperative to hold offline exams. The top court observed that the affidavit filed by the state states it is taking all measures related to the coronavirus protocol.

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