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Supreme Court Stays Kerala Plus 1 Exam, Says COVID-19 Situation ‘Alarming’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Kerala government’s decision to conduct Plus 1 (Class 11) exam physically from September 6 due to the “alarming” COVID-19 situation across the state.

“There is alarming situation in Kerala. It accounts for more than 70 per cent cases of the country, with around 35,000 daily cases. Children of tender age can’t be exposed to risk,” the bench headed by Justice Khanwilkar said.

The next hearing in the case has been scheduled on September 13.

Despite Kerala having one of the best medical infrastructures in the country, the state is unable to contain COVID-19 cases, the apex court noted.

Justice CT Ravikumar added that allowing students from different parts of the state to mix at exam centres could result in a super spread of coronavirus disease.

Directorate of Higher Secondary Education, Kerala, had scheduled Plus 1 exams from September 6 to 16.