Maharashtra state board was criticised by the Bombay high Court over the cancellation of the class 10 board examinations. The High court stated that it was making a mockery of the education system by cancelling the board examinations.
PIL filed against class 10 exam cancellation
The High Court bench consisting of Justice SJ Kathawalla and SP Tavade was seeking a reply to why the state board decision to cancel the board exam should not be set aside based on the hearing of the Public Interest Litigation filed by Dhananjay Kulkarni challenging the state government's decision to cancel the Maharashtra class 10 exams in April 2021 owing to the increasing COVID-19 pandemic situation.
State government representative PB Kakade stated that the board is yet to advise a formula to evaluate the class 10 students and a decision on the same is expected in the next two weeks. The court in its hearing criticized the board stating that it is making a mockery of the education system. The court questioned the decision of the board to promote the students without exams. The court further added that being the last year of schooling is an important year and hence exams are also important.
Decision not acceptable says HC
The court also added that the government cannot spoil the career and future of the students just because of the pandemic. The decision is not acceptable at all and the education system is being destroyed, Justice Kathawala further stated.
The High Court noted that the COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra are decreasing also questioning the board’s decision on cancelling the class 10 exams and postponed the class 12 exams. The court questioned the discrimination pointing out that the decisions are being made based on the fancies of the policymakers.
The students cannot be promoted year after year without exams which is a concern for the court, it pointed out. The court stated that online, multiple-choice exams students who score 40 percent otherwise score 90 percent which is why it's not the right way to assess them.
The high court division bench has directed the state government to file an affidavit explaining why the court should not set aside the decision to cancel the class 10 examinations and has posted the matter for further hearing.