The state government is serious about implementing the ATKT (Allowed To Keep Terms) system for Class 10.
In an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court, Anil Bhattalwar, joint secretary, school education and sports, said: “This (ATKT) policy is not a one-time experiment but will be consistently followed in years to come.”
The affidavit added that it would decide between the ATKT system and supplementary exam system by the next academic year.
The high court had, on August 25, stayed the implementation of the ATKT system till it pronounces the final verdict. The stay was imposed following a public interest litigation filed by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) challenging the government’s decision to implement ATKT system in Class 10.
The resolution to that effect was announced on July 20. Under the provision, students who failed in one or two subjects in their Secondary School Certificate exams could take admission to junior college provided they clear the pending subjects by March 2010.
The state on Wednesday said the policy for next year onwards will be decided on the basis of the expert committee’s report, which is studying the supplementary examination pattern — an alternative to ATKT.
Due to scheduling and other issues, holding of supplementary examination was not possible this year. However, the entire mechanism will be put in place by June 2010 so that students, parents and schools have adequate notice, added Bhattalwar’s affidavit.
Ram Apte, counsel for ABVP, however, argued that the state’s notification was partial towards the students who appeared for examination in March 2009.
“The notification says students can avail the benefits of ATKT after March 2009. It doesn’t specify until when can he/she avail of the benefit,” he said.
The high court will hear Apte’s contention on September 7.