A plea has been filed before the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking postponement of AP State Board exams for classes 10 and 12 in the State in view of COVID-19 situation.
Conducting exams at this juncture will expose more than 12 lakh students to the virus and lead to a surge which could be comparable to Kumbh Mela, the plea said.
“The cumulative effect of the exam being conducted would be that 12 lakhs students would be exposed to this virus. Their family members and extended family members, the teachers, the school staff, the persons engaged in transportation, and the multiplications of this would naturally cause a surge in Covid comparable if not higher than Kumbh Mela or elections,” the petition stated.
The petition filed by Global Peace Initiative represented by its founder KA Paul said that COVID cases are increasing at an alarming rate and holding the board exams at this stage will put lives of lakhs of young students in danger.
“The best recourse at this stage can be to wait for some more time, let COVID19 Crisis subside and then only conduct these Exams, in order to save lives of the students and their parents,” the plea filed through advocates Sriram Parakkat, Deepak K Singh and MS Vishnu Shankar said.
Moreover, many students who are infected by COVID might be deprived from appearing in Board exams which will be in flagrant violation of their fundamental right to equality, as enshrined in Article 14 of Constitution, it was contended.
The petitioner, therefore, prayed for postponement of board exams by at least two weeks.