Karnataka High Court Cancels KEA’s Mark on Students’ Grades in Pre-College Examinations 2020-21


High Court of Karnataka


The Karnataka High Court on Saturday quashed a memo issued by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) that the grades of the second-year pre-university (PU) examinations of students in the 2020-21 batch were not taken into account for the classification at entry to professional courses. For students in the 2021-22 batch, the usual common entrance test marks of 50% and second-year PU marks of 50% have been taken into account. But for the students in the 2020-21 batch, only the CET test scores were considered according to this score.

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KEA’s rationale for disregarding 2020-2021 students’ second-year PU exam scores was that they were promoted based on internal grades as exams were hampered during the COVID-19 pandemic . The Single Judge Bench of Judge SR Krishna Kumar quashed KEA’s July 30 score and ordered him to redo the entire ranking list after considering 50% of PUC scores and 50% of CET scores of all students. The Karnataka High Court, quashing the grade, said to consider UP sophomore grades as ‘nil’ would ’cause and lead to absurd consequences which cannot be tolerated in the facts and circumstances of the case’ . KEA’s rating was found to be illegal on several counts. The planned provision for the CET classification in 2020-21 cannot be extended until 2021-22, the High Court has said.

The High Court also said the July 30 memo was contrary to KEA’s own bulletin. The “disputed note is contrary to the principles of legitimate expectation and promissory estoppel and deserves to be set aside”, the High Court said. The court in a previous hearing suggested a compromise formula in which 75% of the CET grades and 25% of the second-year PU grades would be used to calculate the CET grading.

KEA, however, was not open to such a compromise. On Saturday, the court upheld the motion of dozens of students in 10 different motions and quashed KEA’s grade. From now on, the entire CET classification for entry into professional streams must be redone using the 50-50 formula. This year, there were around 24,000 students from the class of 2020-21 recounting their appearance in the CET exams. These students who passed the PUC in 2020-21, writing the CET in 2022, applied to the High Court.

“Failure to consider the qualifying marks of repeating students when determining merit/rank in KCET 2022 is against the CET 2006 admission rules and has the effect of deteriorating the ranks, thereby causing grave injustice as it is prejudicial, unfair, inequitable and against the principles of natural justice,” the petitioners said. Attorney Shathabish Shivanna, who fought the case on behalf of the students, said more than 24,000 students would benefit from the judgment.

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