The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Friday questioned BOSEM, commissioner and director of Education “what action is going to be taken against the principals and headmasters for whose alleged negligence 96 students could not appear the current HSLC examination.”
The MHRC had taken up a suo-moto Under Section 12 (a) of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 in connection with a report published by the Imphal Free Press on rejection of 96 students by BOSEM from appearing in the HSLC examination due to alleged school negligence.
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Following the suo-moto, the MHRC issued a show-cause notice to commissioner (Education), government of Manipur; director (Education), government of Manipur and secretary, Board of Secondary Education Manipur to show cause as to why an appropriate order should not be passed as the commission deems fit and proper.
In response to the notice, BOSEM-commissioner-director of education through counsel appeared before the commission on Friday.
It submitted that the extension of time was allowed repeatedly for filling up of forms online but the 19 schools failed to submit the names of 96 students who did not appear in the examination due to alleged fault of those principals and headmasters of 19 schools.
It also informed that 96 students could not appear in the HSLC exam due to negligence of principals and headmasters of the schools.
Considering the submission, MHRC gave time till April 3 to inform what action to be taken up.
“The right to life includes the right to education also. More so, education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” stated the commission.