TN 10th Exam Latest News: Madras HC likely to stay conduct of Class X board exams in TN, says exams are not like opening Tasmac shops during lockdown | Chennai News

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Jun 8, 2020

CHENNAI: In a setback to the Tamil Nadu government, the Madras high court on Monday made it clear that it is prima facie convinced to restrain the state from conducting Class X board exams from June 15.
“We cannot allow the state to put lives of more than nine lakh students at stake. This is not like opening Tasmac shops during lockdown,” the court said.
However, a division bench of Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R Suresh Kumar restrained itself from passing any interim order and adjourned hearing to 2.30pm for the state to inform its stand.
“Can the Tamil Nadu government give an undertaking that no student will get Covid-19 infection if it is allowed to conduct Class X board exams from June 15,” the bench wondered.
The bench made the observation while hearing the plea moved by the Tamil Nadu High and Higher Secondary School Graduate Teachers Association challenging the state’s decision to conduct the exams from June 15.
The association wanted the court to direct the state to postpone the exams for at least two months and to conduct refresher courses for the students for 15 days before conducting the exams.
When the plea came up for hearing, senior counsel N R Elango for the petitioner submitted that the government should reconsider its decision since the number of Covid-19 cases are increasing every day.
The decision was taken in the last week of May. At that point of time, the state might have been under impression that the situation would become better in June. “But now it has worsened,” Elango said.
According to the petitioner, there will be a total of 12,690 examination centres for Class X and 7,400 centres for Class XI with the involvement of over 2.3 lakh invigilators.
This apart, there would be policemen, drivers and parents who will all be put to severe hardship due to the conduct of the examinations as per the schedule of the education department.
‘Govt playing with lives of children’
Several political parties have demanded that the government cancel the Class X board exams.
In a statement on Monday, DMK president M K Stalin said the government was playing with the lives of children.
“Chennai has become the most affected city in the entire state when it comes to the number Covid-19 cases,” he said.
Right from the start, the AIADMK government had failed to prevent the spread of the virus and “now it is stubborn in holding the Class X exams.”
“In the last few days, we come to know that even children are being affected badly as mentioned in the government releases issued daily. Many parents are asking what is the assurance that their children will not be affected. If we give suggestion, the government dismisses stating that opposition party leaders are not doctors,” said Stalin.
He said the exams must be held only after the virus issue is settled and children can come out without any threat.
PMK, an alliance party of the ruling AIADMK, said the government should announce that all students have cleared the exam. “The government must not go forward and hold exams for Class X students as the virus is spreading fast. Just like it promoted students in classes I to IX to the next class, the government must also promote Class X and Class XI students to the next class,” said PMK founder S Ramadoss in a statement.
MDMK chief Vaiko said, “The government must promote all Class X students.”

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