August 4, 2021, 1:54 PM

Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court

Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court

The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has issued a notice to Maharashtra government after a 19-year-old student approached the court demanding examination under ‘class improvement scheme’ of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The court has sought reply from the state and the education department on August 17 in the matter.

The petitioner, through her counsels Adv Anand Deshpande and Adv Zeeshan Haq, has stated that she has been denied her right of appearing for HSC exam under the ‘class improvement scheme’ because of a GR passed by the Maharashtra government dated July 2, 2021.

For the uninitiated, there are four categories of students appearing for the HSC exams: the first being regular HSC students, the second being students who have failed in one or more subjects previously, the third being students appearing by filling form 17 and the fourth being students under ‘class improvement scheme.’

Under ‘class improvement scheme,’ a student has an option of re-appearing for the exam to improve his/her previous performance. The scheme is mostly used by students who seek to improve their grades for getting admission into good colleges and courses. The petitioner wishes to take the exam again to improve her performance in HSC so as to secure admission into MBBS/BDS course.

The petitioner stated through her counsels that because of the COVID pandemic the state government passed a GR on July 2 and laid down norms for assessment of students in the three categories but excluded students under the ‘class improvement scheme.’

The petitioner, through her petition, has requested the court to issue an order and:

- Hold and declare the exclusion of students like the petitioner from the scope and applicability of the GR dated July 2 as illegal and arbitrary,
- Direct the respondent (State government) to make applicable policy/criteria of assessment of marks of HSC examination for students like the petitioner and;
- Direct the government and education authority to immediately conduct the HSC exam of students like the petitioner under the ‘class improvement scheme.’ 
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