No Class 12 re-exam for hijab protesters says Karnataka govt

Hundreds of pre-university II students in Karnataka who had participated in hijab protests will not be given a second chance to appear for their practical examinations, which were boycotted by them in February-March. In Karnataka, Class 12 is called PU II.

Two days after hinting at a re-exam, the government on Sunday ruled out the option for students who were “absent” for the practicals conducted as part of the board examinations.

“How can we even consider the possibility? If we allow the students who boycotted the practicals for not being allowed to wear hijab to the exam even after the high court gave its interim order, then another student will come citing some other reason and seek a second chance. It is impossible,” primary and secondary education minister B C Nagesh said.

In PU exams, practicals carry 30 marks and theory 70, totalling 100 per paper. While students who did not appear for practicals will lose the entire 30 marks, they can appear for the 70-mark theory exam and clear it to refrain from losing an entire academic year.