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Court: Cut-off marks no bar to admissions, in the same school

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A student who passes the class X examination cannot be denied admission to the higher secondary class in the same school merely because he fails to get the cut-off marks, The Supreme Court has held. A Bench consisting of Justices R.V. Raveendran and Aftab Alam said, 'It would be quite unreasonable and unjust to throw out a student from the school because he failed to get the cut-off marks in the class X examination. After all, the school must share at least some responsibility for the poor performance of its student and should help him in trying to do better in the next class. The school may, of course, give him the stream/course that appears most suitable for him on the basis of the prescribed cut-off marks.'

Writing the judgment, Justice Alam noted, 'Once a student is given admission to any educational institution the same continues class after class until he leaves the school. It is difficult to accept that after a student passes his tenth class public examination his admission to the 11th standard would be a fresh admission or re-admission.'

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