Supreme Court stays Kerala State decision to conduct Class 11 exams

The Supreme Court has stayed for a week Kerala government’s decision to conduct offline exams for class X1 starting from September 6 amid the rising cases of COVID. The stay was announced on Friday, September 3. The Apex court said, “there is an alarming situation in the state." The top court observed that “cases in Kerala are about 70 percent cases of the country and children of this age cannot be exposed to this risk."

"There is an alarming" situation in the state owing to Covid-19, observed the top court adding that "cases in Kerala are about 70 percent cases of the country. Children of this age cannot be exposed to this risk. Prima facie we find force in the submission made by the petitioner that the state government has not seriously considered the prevailing situation before having a physical exam proposed to be conducted in September this year.

As we couldn't get a satisfactory response from counsel for the state in this regard, we grant interim relief staying the offline exam for till next date of hearing," said a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Hrishikesh Roy and C T Ravikumar. The Kerala High Court had earlier observed that conducting examination was a matter of government policy and no interference was warranted.

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