New Delhi: The Supreme Court has raised questions on the decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct the 12th examination. The court has ordered the filing of file notings. The court asked that tell who took this decision. Was the entire situation of the epidemic investigated before taking the decision? If there is even one death, we can order a compensation of one crore. Why does AP want to stand out when other boards have canceled the exam? The court directed the state government to inform the court how about 34,000 rooms would be made available for the 5.20 lakh students appearing in the examination. The government has said that 15 to 18 students will be allowed to sit in the examination in one room. Now the matter will be heard on Friday.
A special bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari, which posed tough questions to the Andhra Pradesh government on its decision to hold Class 12 board examinations, asked the standing counsel for the state Mahfooz A Nazki to place before the court the “snapshot of the file” giving reasons to hold the test.
“We are not satisfied with the precautionary measures you will be taking for holding the exams. We are not convinced with the mechanism you have devised. Unless we are satisfied that you are able to conduct the examination without any fatality, we will not allow you to hold the examination,” the bench said.
“We have to see the aspect of compensation in case of any fatality during the examination. Some States have given Rs 1 crore compensation for death due to COVID. We can look at things through that aspect,” it said.
The top court is hearing a plea seeking directions to state governments not to hold board exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.