Hundreds of pre-University students who participated in the Hijab protests and boycotted their Class 12th final practical exams citing not being allowed to wear a hijab as the reason would now not be getting a chance to give re-exam.
After the Department of Pre university Education Karnataka hinted at the possibility of conducting a re-exam for these students, it has now completely ruled out the option of giving them a second chance. The government decided to mark them ‘absent’ for the missed Practical exams, putting an end to any hope of a resolution.
“How can we even consider the possibility? If we allow the students who boycotted the practicals because they were not allowed to wear hijab to the exam despite the interim order issued by the high court, another student will come citing some other reason and seeking a second chance. It is impossible,” BC Nagesh, the Primary and Secondary Education Minister said.
The practical examinations for the Karnataka 2nd PUC Exams 2022 were scheduled to take place in February and March. However, during this time, many students had decided to voluntarily boycott these exams, some because they were not allowed to wear hijab, and others in support of the same.
The 2nd PUC Exams in Karnataka in 2022 are in total worth 100 points, of which Practicals are worth 30 points and theory is worth 70 points. While the hijab protestors are now at risk of losing out on all 30 points, they can still sit for and pass the 70-point theory exam to avoid missing the entire academic year.
Meanwhile, K. Raghupati Bhat, who represents the Udupi constituency from BJP, urged the Karnataka government to give Muslim girl students a second chance to take exams without wearing hijab. His request was however denied, because the final court order makes no mention of giving students a second chance to take exams.