Bench admits PIL seeking grace marks in TNPCEE

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday admitted a public interest litigation seeking grace marks for students in the tsunami-affected areas in the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations (TNPCEE).

A Division Bench comprising Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam and Justice S.K. Krishnan issued notice, returnable by two weeks, to the Higher Education Secretary.

In his petition, the organising secretary of tsunami men's self-help group, promoted by Rural Organisation of Awareness and Development (ROAD), said while the higher secondary examinations in the State were held between March 2 and 22, the examinations for students in 66 higher secondary schools, declared as tsunami-affected, were postponed and students appeared for the examinations between April 4 and 18.

Since the Government failed to make changes in the schedule of the TNPCEE held on April 23 and 24, the students in tsunami-affected areas had to appear for the entrance examinations within five days from the higher secondary examinations compared to others, who had prepared for more than 30 days before facing the TNPCEE, the petitioner added.

He claimed that owing to the short duration between the two examinations, even the academically bright students in tsunami-affected areas fared poorly in the TNPCEE and could not achieve high cut-off marks to get into professional courses.

Pointing out that several representations made to the Chief Minister did not yield a positive response, the petitioner sought a direction to grant grace marks.

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