[Class 12 Exams] Will Hold State Govt Responsible If Single Fatality Happens: SC Warns AP Govt

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Andhra Pradesh government to inform it on June 24 of its final decision on scheduling physical exams for the state board’s Class 12 students.

Counsel for the Andhra Pradesh Government informed the bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari that the state intends to conduct physical exams for class 12.

The state counsel further stated that the final decision on it has been postponed until July 1.

Observing that the students should not be subjected to ambiguity, the court asked that the state’s final determination be communicated to it within two days.

On the query of the bench, the counsel for the AP Government informed that around 5 lakh students are expected to take the exams.

The bench questioned the state government’s confidence in holding exams for 5 lakh students, given that CBSE, ICSE, and nearly 20 state boards had cancelled exams due to the second wave of the COVID pandemic.

State Counsel responded that the required safety standards would be implemented and no more than 15 students will be allowed in a single examination hall to ensure social distancing.

‘If there is one fatality, we will hold the state accountable,’ the court informed the Andhra Pradesh Government’s lawyer.

On June 24, the matter will be heard again.

The bench was hearing public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Anubha Sahai Srivastava seeking the cancellation of state board exams.

The court also stated that it will issue orders on the petition challenging the Kerala Government’s decision to hold Class XI exams. The Kerala government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the Class XI exams will be held.

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