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No re-exam for hijab protesters: Karnataka govt

The Karnataka government on Sunday, 20 March, indicated that hundreds of Pre University College (PUC) students who missed their exams while participating in the hijab row protests will not be given a second chance to appear for the practicals conducted as part of the board examinations.

Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh, in an interview with Times of India, stated that providing a second opportunity for the protesting students to take their practical exams was “impossible.”

“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,” he 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 not to take these exams – some because they were not allowed to wear hijab, while others were either showing support or seeking a resolution.

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The announcement of “no re-examination” comes at a time when the concerned authorities were considering alternative options for those hijab row protestors who did not pass the Karnataka 2nd PUC Exams 2022. The government decided to mark them ‘absent’ for the missed Practical exams, putting an end to any hope of a resolution.

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 avoid losing an entire academic year.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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