SC to hear CBSE Class 10 student’s challenge against re-examination on Wednesday
Rohan Mathew, a fifteen year old class 10 student from Kerala filed a petition at the Supreme Court under Art. 32 of the Constitution of India, seeking to quash the CBSE decision to hold a re-examination following reports of the question paper being leaked. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case on Wednesday.
The petition was filed on Saturday, a day after the CBSE announced that a re-examination of Class 12 economics paper will be held on April 25, while the Class 10 mathematics re-test, if required, would be conducted only for Delhi-NCR and Haryana in the month of July.
The petition of Rohan Mathew is being represented by his father Santosh Mathew, a lawyer in Kerala High Court. Santosh Mathew said that the decision of CBSE to cancel the exam was based on the mere apprehension that there is a likelihood of the exam having been compromised.
Mathew represented by advocates Liz Mathew and Raghenth Basant, argued “Unless there is evidence for widespread and systemic leaking of papers, cancellation of examination of this magnitude is not the solution,” Mathew alluded to the 1984 movie in his petition which states:
“In the 1984 Film “The Karate Kid” wise old Karate Master Mr.Miyagi tells Daniel that “there is no such thing as a bad student, but only a bad teacher.” No matter how good or bad a teacher is, a large portion of the responsibility falls on the student. A child and a teacher are a team, working together to achieve a common goal. A good teacher understands the pressure of the students and always tries to make them feel safe and secure and support them within the classrooms. If a “good teacher” in his anxiety to help the student to handle the pressure allegedly tries to leak the question paper, should the entire student community suffer from that single act of indiscretion on the part of the “good teacher” is the question to be considered by this Hon’ble Court in the present Writ Petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India.
Mathew prayed for quashing the decision of CBSE to re-conduct the examination and direct the board to publish the result on the basis of already held examination.
Read the petition below: