On May 12, after the state government issued a GR cancelling the SSC exams, a retired professor from Pune, Dhananjay Kulkarni, filed a PIL in court on Thursday. The matter will be heard on Monday. “Exams were cancelled as Covid cases were on the rise. Medical experts have warned of the third wave affecting children. Parents cannot risk the lives of their children,” said advocate Anubha Sahai, India Wide Parents Association president and child rights activist. The association will be filing an intervention application in court.
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The state is looking at either evaluating students on internal performance through the year or a common entrance test. An online survey to gauge the readiness of students for a competitive test did not evoke good response.
Only 3.1 lakh Class 10 students took the three-day survey, the deadline for which was last Sunday. Of these, 92% or 2.9 lakh state board students were in favour of 100-mark multiple choice questions. Barely 3% of CBSE students and 2% of ICSE students responded to the survey. The response of schools to their internal assessment preparedness was also not very encouraging.
Kulkarni said that not holding a crucial exam is not in the academic interest of students. “The state can wait till August-September for things to normalise and hold exams then,” he said. He said there is a reason why the state has kept the decision on Class 12 exams on hold. “How can a student get a certificate if there is no exam?” asked Kulkarni.