PIL challenging SSLC exam pattern dismissed

PIL challenging SSLC exam pattern dismissed

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by a few Class X (SSLC) students challenging the government’s decision to change the question paper pattern for the forthcoming examination starting on March 30.

Justice S Sujatha dismissed the petition for being devoid of merit and directed the Karnataka Secondary Examination Board (KSEEB) to ensure that any changes in the examination pattern be done in the beginning of the academic year and not in the middle to avoid any confusion.

As many as 34 students who are scheduled to write their SSLC exams this year, had approached the court challenging the government’s decision to change the exam pattern.

The KSEEB and the state government had issued an order to change the SSLC question paper by adopting the previous pattern of using question papers and answer sheets instead of the booklet pattern of having both questions and answers on the same sheets. 

Any change or new system should be introduced in the early stages so that students can prepare accordingly and get well acquainted with the system, the petitioners had said. Changing the question paper pattern just before the exams will create a lot of confusion to the students, they contended. 

The state government had submitted that there is no change in the question paper pattern for this year’s SSLC examination. The board said that instead of a booklet with both questions and space for answers, question papers and answer sheets will be given separately. Students can take the question paper home.

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