Hyderabad: The two judge panel hearing the writ plea on the conduct of the SSC examinations will assemble for a special session on Saturday at 1 pm. As reported earlier the challenge for the conduct of the examinations in the Covid 19 pandemic. While the petition is for the non-conduct of the examinations, the government filed an application willing to go by any conditions imposed by the court for the safe conduct of the examinations.
The panel of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice T Vijaysen Reddy dismissed an application seeking impleadment of third parties who opposed the conduct of the examination on the ground that they came very belatedly to court. In another independent writ petition seeking postponement the bench pointed out the government was taking care of the many logistic challenges pointed out. “We have to be fair to every single child whether it is a health issue or academic issue”, the Chief Justice said. Suggesting the government to be flexible in this critical and unprecedented situation, the panel asked the government “whether it is possible to treat the students attending supplementary exams as regular students”.
“How can parents transport a child from containment area to other areas, what arrangements are in place”, the panel questioned the government. The petitioners raised concerns on the residential hostels that are closed and on the exam centres which are very congested. Pointing to the COVID 19 media bulletins the petitioners pointed out that even according to the government there has been a surge in COVID cases since relaxation. They would also point out that the report filed by the government did not detail any concrete steps based on renewed health situation as directed by the court earlier.
There report does not show any newly identified colleges or institutions as suggested by court, pointed out the petitioners. Advocate General BS Prasad submitted that 65 new institutions which are large in area are identified, but he could not produce the list of institutions as required by court. The panel directed him to produce the list on Saturday. The petitioners also questioned when central government guidelines explicitly say there shall be no ingress and egress from and to containment areas how students could travel to examination centres. The petitioners further suggested the government should consider simplifying the exam pattern by reducing the time and exam score.
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