Admission to Plus One course for students who took school-based exam

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday vacated its interim order directing the State government to accept applications submitted by students who passed the CBSE school-based examination for Class X for getting admission to higher secondary courses for 2013-2014.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice K. Vinod Chandran passed the order on a government affidavit seeking to lift the stay.

When the petition came up for hearing, Advocate-General K.P. Dandapani contended that the clause restraining CBSE students who had passed Class X school-based examination from applying for the senior secondary courses was in consonance with the directives of the CBSE itself. The CBSE had bifurcated the exam system for Class X into school-level and board-based examinations.

The government pointed out that the board had categorically stated that the students who wished to move out of the CBSE stream should attend the board-level examination in standard X.

Therefore, the inclusion of this condition in the prospectus for the admission to the higher secondary courses in State schools could not be termed invalid. Nor could it be described as illegal merely on the fact that during the previous year the State government had considered the CBSE students who passed Class X at the school level.

The school-level X standard certificate could not be treated on a par with the SSLC certificate when the CBSE itself had made it clear that the students moving out of the CBSE stream should attend the board-level examination.

The Advocate-General also contended that the board-based examination had authenticity as the board would set question papers, do centralised valuation etc. However, at the school-level examination, the school authorities concerned were verifying the answer books. In such type of examination, there was a possibility of awarding higher marks to the students.

The State government also submitted that allotment of seats for the higher secondary courses had already been regulated. Therefore, any change in the system of accepting the application and allotment of seats might jeopardise the entire system, causing agony to the student community.

The interim order came on a petition filed by a group of students and the Muslim Service Society challenging the government order.

The petitioners said no reason had been given for incorporating such a particular clause. It was highly arbitrary, discriminatory, illegal and in violation of the constitutional safeguard provided under Article 14 of the Constitution.

They pointed out that when the same issue had cropped up before the court last year, the government had filed an affidavit saying that there was no justification for keeping away the CBSE students who had passed the school-based examination from the Single Window Admission system.

  • The certificate not on par with SSLC certificate

  • Possibility of awarding higher marks to students