The Maharashtra government on Monday told the Bombay High Court that the SSC (tenth standard) and HSC (twelfth standard) examinations could not be compared as it was a relatively more important target for students as their careers depended on it. The state government said in an affidavit that this year’s SSC exams were canceled amid a coronavirus outbreak after considering the safety of students, teachers, parents and other appointees.
The affidavit by Rajendra Pawar, deputy secretary, state school education and sports department, in response to a PIL filed by Professor Dhananjay Kulkarni, challenged the state government’s decision to cancel the 10th exams this year. The High Court on May 20 slammed the state government, saying it mocks the education system, and directed it to file its affidavit on the application.
The High Court has also sought an explanation as to why the state government is conducting Class XII examinations. The affidavit of the state government said that the Class XII examinations have been postponed at present and a final decision will be taken after the Center takes action at the national level.
The affidavit states, “It was deemed appropriate that the 12th board examinations are a relatively more important goal in the education of the students, as their future careers depend on the same as in the tenth standard examinations.” Generally, after 12th, unlike 10th standard, “the standard of students’ overall career is determined,” he said, adding that 12th standard students are “mature, independent, socially conscious and physically and mentally fit”.
It’s like comparing apples to just cheese because both are edible, the state government said in an affidavit. The state government said the SSC exams could not be canceled as no decision has been taken on the HSC exams.
The affidavit states that holding the SSC exams, which are attended by about 1 lakh students every year, was a “course” involving teachers, parents as well as the police and the transport system. Classes are closing and teachers are conducting online classes due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
After the second wave of infection, the state government, after consulting the appointees, decided to postpone the first SSC examination till June, and then, on April 19, decided to cancel it. “The decision by the state government to cancel the 10th board exams was taken not only for safety and welfare, but also after preliminary consideration in the lives of students, examiners, teaching and non-teaching staff and many others who will take part in organizing them. , ”The affidavit said.
The state government told the court that the number of COVID-19 cases was slowly declining, but the situation was still not under full control and there was pressure on the health care system. It also said there was a risk of a third wave of epidemics that medical experts say could affect children between the ages of 12 and 18.
The affidavit added that the government would also have to come up with a formula on how to assess students. The matter is likely to be heard by the High Court on June 1.
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