Telangana postpones Class 10 exams for entire state following HC orders banning exams in GMCH area
A decision to this effect was taken by chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao late in the evening, after obtaining the copy of the judgement of the state high court which heard a public interest litigation petition in this regard.Updated: Jun 06, 2020 21:16 IST
The Telangana government on Saturday decided to postpone the remaining Secondary School Certificate (Class 10) public examinations across the state, scheduled to commence on Monday.
A decision to this effect was taken by chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao late in the evening, after obtaining the copy of the judgement of the state high court which heard a public interest litigation petition in this regard.
State education minister Sabita Indra Reddy said the chief minister had called for a high-level meeting on Sunday to discuss the high court judgement and decide the future course of action. “We shall decide our strategy as to what to do in the wake of prevailing Covid-19 pandemic across the state,” she said.
The Telangana government had conducted examinations for first and second language papers (Telugu and Hindi) before March 23, when the lockdown 1.0 was announced. All the other examinations have since been postponed.
Earlier in the day, the state high court directed that the state government conduct Class 10 exams all over the state as scheduled from Monday, except in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits which had been reporting high incidence of Covid-19.
Sources said the chief ,inister was of the view that it would lead to a lot of confusion if exams were not simultaneously held across the State.
A division bench of the state high court comprising chief justice Raghvendra Singh Chouhan and justice B Vijaysen Reddy, conducted a special hearing on a public interest litigation petition filed by one Balakrishna, an academic, challenging the conduct of examinations in view of Covid-19 pandemic.
The bench felt that there was a need to balance the schedule in conducting the Class 10 class examination without jeopardizing academic interests with that of safety of children who take the examinations and the support staff that conduct the examinations.
The panel initially had a sitting at 1 pm and again reassembled at 4 pm. It heard Pavan Kumar, counsel for the petitioner and State Advocate General BS Prasad.
After the postponement of the examinations by a court order, the government sought to steady the boat by making additional safety arrangements.
The Advocate General then made an application seeking permission of the court to conduct the examination and spelt out multiple precautionary measures in place.
The bench took note of the spike of Covid-19 cases in the GHMC area and made clear that examinations whose centers are in the GHMC area will be postponed. Examinations in all other centers including rural centers will go on as scheduled withing the guidelines prescribed and by maintaining the precautionary measures mentioned by the government.
The bench also clarified that for candidates who reside outside of GHMC area but the centers are within the GHMC area, the examinations stand postponed.
It recorded the stand of the government that students across the board can choose to take the examinations in September but would be treated as regular candidates.