On Wednesday, the State of Andhra Pradesh informed the Apex Court that it has decided to hold class 12 State Board Exams and follow all Covid protocols.
This submission was made in the AP’s affidavit, filed in a petition filed by child rights activist Anubha Srivastava Sahai to cancel class 12 physical exams.
The Bench of Hon’ble Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Hon’ble Justice AM Khanwilkar will hear the case tomorrow.
In its affidavit, Andra Pradesh said that covid cases in the State were fast declining, and it will try to start the exam in July last week, and the actual would be informed to students fifteen days in advance.
As per the State, they would have to hold the class 12 exams as they cannot hold internal assessment as there is no way to check the marks that the schools had given to students in earlier academic years.
It was further submitted that holding class 12 exams would be in the best interest of the students. The affidavit further points out that the State of Andhra Pradesh will take all Covid related precautions like face masks and use of hand sanitisers at the exam centres.
On Tuesday, the Top Court had asked the Andhra Pradesh Government to inform them about their decision to hold the exam by 24th June. However, the State informed the Supreme Court that it would conduct class 12 exams.
Before the State had made up its mind, the Court told Andhra Pradesh’s counsel that even if there is even one fatality, it will hold the State of Andhra Pradesh responsible.