SFI files plea to postpone board exams, Madras High Court seeks govt's response by June 11

PTI Chennai/Erode | Updated on May 21, 2020

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The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to file its response by June 11 to a plea from the Students Federation of India (SFI) seeking to postpone the board exams for classes X and XII till the coronavirus is contained.

SFI, referring to a news report saying the Centre had said the exam centres cannot be set up in containment zones, submitted that it would be difficult for students from containment zones to attend the exams.


Admitting the plea, a special division bench of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice PT Asha directed the State to file its response by June 11. The petitioner contended that there is every chance that the students would have forgotten the lessons.

Online classes are not possible or available to every child. The schools should conduct revision classes prior to conducting the examination. Examination should not be conducted hurriedly for the sake of conducting,” the petitioner said.

No postponement, says Minister

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu School Education Minister KA Sengottiyan on Thursday ruled out further postponement of the Class 10 board exam.

After receiving ₹1.6 crore from the Elementary School Teachers Association for the Tamilnadu Chief Ministers Relief Fund, the Minister said, “Due to the extension of the Covid-19 lockdown till May 31, it was necessary to postpone the examination to June 15.”

“Now there is no scope for further postponement, and we are making arrangements to teach the hill area students through online,” he said. The 10th examination would be conducted in over 12,500 centres as against 3,084 centres last year, he said.

In every centre, social distance would be followed for accommodating the students to write the examination, he said.

"We are arranging the students to write the examination at their own schools, for which a detailed report will be released soon,” the Minister said.

Earlier, he inaugurated a new vehicle to be used for cleaning the streets and roads under the Smart City Programme.

Published on May 21, 2020

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