The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay an order by the Karnataka High Court that allowed annual assessments for class 5 and 8 students.
The apex court, however, has allowed the petition opposing the exams to be heard on March 27, the same date on which these board exams for the state syllabus students are set to commence.
A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala of the SC have refused to interfere with the decision of the supreme court and said that the high court knows what is best in the state.
It may be recollected that in Karnataka, after the department of public instruction had announced examinations for classes 5 and 8 in the form of annual assessments, a private school association expressed opposition. They cited that exams were announced at a very short notice and that the questions in the model paper were from Kalika Chetarike workbooks subscribed to government school students to address learning loss.
The Registered Unaided Private Schools Association had approached the Karnataka high court where a single bench had ordered cancellation of exams. Further the matter was heard by a division bench which approved the exams.
Private schools have now approached the apex court seeking a stay on the Karnataka High Court’s order. The hearing is scheduled on the same day the exam commences.
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