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High Court chides AP for being insensitive over conduct of Board Exams for students

The Supreme Court has asked the Andhra Pradesh Government to come up with a final decision today on holding physical exams for Class 12 of the state board. 

Advocate Mahfooz Nazki, appearing for the Andhra Pradesh Government, informed a vacation bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari that the state wants to go ahead with the physical exams for class 12. 

The state counsel further said that the final decision on it has been deferred till July 1. “We feel we will be able to conduct exams. We have deferred decision to July 1st week,” Nazki submitted. “What if you are unable to conduct exams in July? Why not take that decision now like other States?,” the bench asked. 

Observing that the students should not be put to uncertainty, the bench insisted that the final decision of the state should be conveyed to it within 2 days. “How many students are expected to take the exams?,” the bench asked the counsel. About 5 lakhs, the state counsel replied. 

The bench asked if the state government was confident of conducting exams for 5 lakh students, considering the fact that CBSE, ICSE and nearly 20 state boards have cancelled exams on account of the 2nd wave of the pandemic. 
“If there is one fatality, we will make the state responsible,” the bench told the lawyer of Andhra Pradesh Government. The matter will be considered again today (on June 24th). The bench was hearing a PIL Pled by Advocate Anubha Sahai Srivastava seeking cancellation of state board exams. 

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