Amaravati, April 26:
TDP National General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh on Monday announced that his party will file a Public interest litigation in court seeking immediate postponement or cancellation of the 10th class and intermediate examinations as a way to protect the students from the Covid-19 infections.
Mr. Lokesh said that the decision was taken after taking the opinion of students, parents and advocates who took part in the ‘digital town hall’ meeting held today. Over 97 percent respondents vociferously voted for taking legal remedy for their problem since the State Government was not positively considering their demand. Only three percent of students said that there was no need to go to the court but stressed the need for taking preventive measures.
Mr. Nara Lokesh concurred with the young ones, saying that the AP Government was neither postponing the exams nor coming forward to take the full responsibility if anybody would fall victim to the virus injections at the mass gatherings at the examination centres. Already, many students and teachers were infected with the virus and they would act as the carriers and spreaders during the examinations. There was also the problem of spread from the asymptomatic carriers.
Accusing the Chief Minister and the Ministers of negligence, Mr. Lokesh explained that their digital and legal agitation was not against the Government but it was just for the protection of the rights of the students for life and good health. It was undeniable that the students and their parents had a right to live with dignity and safety. There would be no security and guarantee if the students would be forced to attend the examination centres in this time of rapid spread of the second wave infections.
Mr. Lokesh pointed out that besides the regular students, there was also a problem for the hostellers who have been deprived of that facility because of the epidemic. They would not be able to write the examinations with confidence since they could not prepare properly. Even the visually impaired and physically challenged students would face many problems to sit for the examinations in this difficult time.
Mr. Nara Lokesh lauded the young ones for articulating their problems so effectively and appealed to them to continue their fight for their rights without any fear. The TDP would stand by them and it would extend all the necessary support till the Government would postpone the examinations in their best interest. All pressure would be mounted till the ruling party changed their adamant decisions.
The TDP MLC deplored that there was no proper explanation from the YCP Government as to why it was going ahead with the exams at a time when many other States had already cancelled the same. Even in those states, where the virus cases were comparatively far lesser, they had cancelled the exams. The national boards like the ICSE and the CBSE had also cancelled the annual exams in order to ensure the safety of the students’ lives.