State govt. can’t alone decide on changing exam pattern: HC

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Society and Social Justice, Topic: Social Sector – Education, Issue: Education

Context: The High Court of Karnataka rules that the state government can’t unilaterally change exam patterns for classes 5, 8, 9, and 11.

Key points:

  • The court emphasized the need for prior consultation with stakeholders before implementing changes.
  • Holding exams without a policy for student expulsion contradicts RTE Act, 2009.

Prelims Connect(Acts/Policies):

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009

●        Right to free and compulsory education for children aged 6 to 14.

●        Free education until completion, regardless of age.

●        No expulsion until completion of elementary education.

●        Mandatory pupil-teacher ratio compliance for schools.

●        Prohibition of teachers giving private tuition or non-teaching duties.

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