High Court dismisses petition to cancel Karnataka SSLC Exams 2021 – to be conducted as per schedule

Karnataka High Court today dismissed the plea seeking cancellation of Karnataka SSLC Exams 2021. The High Court pointed out that the petitioner was not able to prove that the decision to conduct exam by the State was arbitrary. With the petition dismissed, the SSLC examinations would now be conducted as per the schedule on July 19 and 21.

HC pointed out that while the state government had data available to assess 2nd PUC students, no such information was available for SSLC students. The state, hence, has decided to conduct the examination.

“In previous year when a similar challenge was made in June 2020. This court was not inclined to interfere in the matter and issued guidelines to hold exams considering safety of children and teachers,” HC noted.

Petition to cancel Karnataka SSLC examination was heard by Justices BV Nagarathna and Hanchate Sanjeev Kumar. The bench noted that the state would ensure the SOPs and guidelines for safety of students would be followed.

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“AG states that said guidelines have been incorporated in SOP. Therefore we find that state has issued a circular to comply with SOP. Moreover, petn has not been able to point out the decision of State to conduct exam is arbitrary or same interferes with right of students,” noted the bench before dismissing the petition.

Karnataka SSLC Exams 2021

As per the schedule, Karnataka State Education Examination Board, KSEEB would conduct the SSLC examinations 2021 on July 19 and July 21. The examination would be conducted in a MCQ format. One paper for core subjects of Maths, Science and Social and another paper for Languages would be conducted on July 19 and 21 respectively.

A petition was filed in the Karnataka HC, seeking for the exams to be cancelled. The bench has however dismissed the petition, opening way for the examination. COVID19 protocols as set by the government would be followed to ensure safety of the students.

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