Bombay High Court refuses to entertain plea challenging cancellation of Class 10 exam

On thursday the Bombay High Court refused to entertain petition challenging the decision of the Maharashtra government to cancel the Class 10 board examinations in the State.

The bench stated that the decision to cancel the exam was a policy decision taken by the executive and the Court would ordinarily not intervene merely because it feels that the decision was wrong.

The petitioner had challenged the decision to cancel class 10 examinations with respect to all boards.

Further, the petitioner said the Court that the PIL wanted Court’s intervention on the apprehension that after cancelling the examinations, different education boards will come up with different formulas about the declaration of results and these different formulas will create confusion causing hardship for students.

It was submitted that the State would be conducting a Common Entrance Test for admission to Class 11 in premier institutes of the State which will be optional on part of students.

However, the court noted from the GR of May 28 that the said assessments would be conducted in batches, unlike the final exam where all students would have to assemble one place at the same time.

Thus, Court concluded that nothing remained in the PIL and told petitioner to file a fresh petition with substantive evidence to challenge the GR on evaluation if he wishes to do the same.

Following the instructions the petition was drawn.

Nevertheless it was requested to the Court to record the statement relating to the conduct of CET to which the Court assented.

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