Hearing a petition filed by Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) repeaters, the high court on Thursday asked whether 75 per cent of the test score and 25 per cent of the pre-university (PU) marks of repeaters could be considered while awarding places for professional courses.
“To be fair to CET freshers and repeaters, the government may come up with a proposal where 75 per cent of CET score and 25 per cent of PU score is considered for assessing the batch rank of Covid-19 ? (repeaters) of KCET?” Justice Krishna Kumar proposed while adjourning the matter to August 22.
The students moved the court after the Karnataka Examinations Authority released a rank list on July 30 without considering their Class 12 marks from 2021. The authority then explained that it would consider the marks of class 12 repeaters would be unfair to students who took class 12. pre-college exams and entrance test in 2022.
Justice Kumar also expressed reservations over the demand for 50 per cent weightage for class 12 marks, given that “the students have not taken the PU examination and were promoted on the basis of their graduation certificate of secondary school (SSLC) and an internal assessment due to the pandemic in 2021”.
Opposing the petition, the government counsel stated, “If the marks obtained by the petitioner in the year 2021 were not considered applicable to the CET conducted in 2021, the question of using it in any subsequent year can hardly be raised “.
Parents and students say that many repeaters scored low despite scoring well in the entrance exam and that repeaters were unclear about the assessment criteria for them.
The court on August 8 observed that document verification and counseling for admission would be based on the outcome of the repeaters’ petition.