No SSC Exams in GHMC Areas: Telangana HC

Hyderabad: SSC examinations in GHMC area stand postponed. The direction comes after a staggered special hearing by a two judge panel of the Telangana High Court.

As reported earlier, the panel of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chouhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy has been bestowing its attention on balancing the need to conduct the X class examination without jeopardizing academic interests with that of safety of children who take the examinations and the support staff that conduct the examinations.

The panel initially had a sitting at 1 pm and again reassembled at 4 pm. It heard Pavan Kumar, counsel for the petitioner and State Advocate General BS Prasad.

A quick recall would point to the filing of a PIL by Balakrishna, an educationalist contending that the exams scheduled in March cannot go on in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the postponement of the examinations by a court order, the government sought to steady the boat by making additional safety arrangements. The Advocate General then made an application seeking permission of the court to conduct the examination and spelt out multiple precautionary measures in place.

The panel today took note of the spike of COVID cases in the GHMC area and made clear that examinations whose centers are in the GHMC area will be postponed. Examinations in all other centers including rural centers will go on as scheduled withing the guidelines prescribed and by maintaining the precautionary measures mentioned by the government.

The panel also clarified that for candidates who reside outside of GHMC area but the centers are within the GHMC area, the examinations stand postponed. It recorded the stand of the government that students across the board can choose to take the examinations in September but would be treated as regular candidates.

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