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Kerala govt to hold class XI exams offline as Supreme Court dismisses plea to cancel

“We hope & trust that authorities will take all precautions & necessary steps to ensure no untoward situation is faced by students who are of tender age and are appearing in the exam,” the Bench said.

Kerala govt to hold class XI exams offline as Supreme Court dismisses plea to cancel-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 17, 2021, 5:27 PM IST
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After the Kerala government assured that all Covid-19 protocols will be followed at examination centres, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea challenging Kerala Government's decision to hold the exams in physical mode.

These exams will now be held in physical mode for all students of class 11. 

Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar observed that the Court was convinced with the reasons furnished by Kerala government in its affidavit and that it "trusts the authorities" that no "untoward" situation would arise if the exams are held amidst Covid-19.

“We hope & trust that authorities will take all precautions & necessary steps to ensure no untoward situation is faced by students who are of tender age and are appearing in the exam,” the Bench said.

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The Kerala government in an affidavit had told the top court that online examinations will be a disadvantage for students with no access to laptops and mobile phones.

"The conduct of examination through online mode will prejudice a large number of students who have no access to laptops, desktops or even mobile phones. The students belonging to the lower strata of society are depending on mobile phones or tablets for attending online classes. In many areas, internet connection or mobile data are not available. These students will never be able to write online examinations," the state government said, PTI reported.

The apex court on September 3 stayed for a week the state government's decision to conduct offline exams for Class XI commencing from September 6 amid rising Covid cases, saying "there is an alarming situation in the state".

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