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SC stays class 11 offline exams amid COVID-19 surge, says 'alarming situation in Kerala'

The top court took the decision in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the state and termed it an 'alarming situation' in the state.
 

SC stays class 11 offline exams amid COVID-19 surge, says 'alarming situation in Kerala'-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 3, 2021, 6:15 PM IST
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Amid rising cases of coronavirus, the Supreme Court has stayed Class 11 physical exams in Kerala that were commencing from September 6.

The top court took the decision in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the state and termed it an 'alarming situation' in the state.

The Bench headed by Justice Khanwilkar said, “There is an alarming situation in Kerala. It accounts for more than 70% cases of the country, with around 35 K daily cases. Children of tender age can’t be exposed to risk.”

The bench was hearing an appeal against the Kerala High court order refusing to interfere with the decision to hold offline exams.

The next hearing has been scheduled to be held on September 13, 2021.

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In its order, the apex court stated, "we grant interim relief staying offline exam for till next date of hearing. List this matter on September 13," as reported by ANI.

Justice Hrishikesh Roy said, “I have been the Chief Justice of Kerala, and I can say that Kerala has one of the best medical infrastructures in the country. Despite that, Kerala has not been able to contain the Covid-19 cases.

The Bench asked the counsel representing the Kerala Govt if the state could ensure that no one, even child will get infected in this practice.

“Give us an assurance. And then even if one case is reported then we’ll hold you accountable,” said the Supreme Court.

Kerala presently accounts for nearly 70% of the cases in the country, Justice Khanwilkar stated, adding that "children of tender age can't be exposed to such risk," LiveLaw reported.

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