ISLAMABAD: The Higher Courts of Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad and Sindh rejected petitions from students who cited the risk of coronavirus and challenged face-to-face examinations in Cambridge.
The Supreme Court of Sindh (SHC) pronounced its verdict around 4 pm, at a time when the Supreme Court of Islamabad had already rejected students’ requests and instructed them to file their case directly with the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) ).
The Superior Court of Sindh, in its sentence by Muhammad Ali Mazhar, said that the petition was rejected for the following reasons: Conducting face-to-face examinations in Cambridge “does not infringe or interfere with any fundamental rights of the petitioners”.
“Petitioners cannot claim any acquired right to assess or appreciate their credentials and competence through ‘grades assessed by the school’ and not through physical examination,” said the sentence.
The court noted that the NCOC decision was “based on various circumstances about facts and expert opinion, forethought and forethought of all the pros and cons and does not appear to be arbitrary, discriminatory or in violation of any constitutional, legal or any other provisions of the law “
He said, therefore, that he finds “no justification or reason to interfere” in the decision. The court also cited “all arrangements” being made to take the exams in person and that “a large number of students across the country are prepared to attend”.
The sentence states that “only a few students” sought the court to suspend the examination and “hamper the entire process which is totally unjustified and prejudicial to the interest of a large number of those students who are ready to attend and prepare religiously”.
Earlier in the day, IHC Supreme Court President Athar Minallah noted that the petitioners invoked the jurisdiction of the court under Article 199 of the Constitution “seeking guidance from the federal government”.
In short, the petitioners sought guidance so that they could be assessed on the basis of school grades, using the students’ work, rather than attending the exams in person. “The petitioners are, in fact, looking for guidance to be evaluated in a specific way, that is, based on school grades. The decision on which way should be adopted to assess students who are looking for level O and A courses is definitely a matter of politics, “IHC CJ said.
“Furthermore, since the complaint is in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, therefore, the competent forum for considering and formulating the policy in consultation with respondents 2 and 2, falls within the domain of respondent 3, that is , National Command and Operation Center, “he said.
“The prayer requested in this petition is not judgable. Therefore, the petition is therefore dismissed, ”he added. According to Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, all Cambridge exams will be taken according to the schedule and will not use the grades assessed by the teacher this year, meaning that the AS and A Level exams will start on April 26 and the O Level and IGCSE exams on May 10.
Enrollment and intermediate exams, on the other hand, have been postponed and will vary in different provinces, starting in late May.