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Students Playing Cricket For School Win Legal Battle Against School in Apex Court

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Three Class 12 students have won a major battle against their school and the powerful Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE) in the Supreme Court. After a five-month-long ordeal, the students – Faraz Talha, Eishaan Singh and Shreshtra Mishra of the prestigious St Francis College, Lucknow and their parents won the legal battle earlier this week.

The three students, all budding cricketers playing for the college team, were told two days before beginning of the exams Feb 14, 2012, through a speed post notice, that they could not appear in the exams as they fell short of the 60 percent attendance needed. The parents and the students were aghast as they had regularly been attending classes.

Questioning the decision, they forced the college management to show them the attendance register only to find that they were marked absent when they were playing for their school in cricket tournaments in April, October and November 2011.

Affected parents, through court orders, had managed to ensure that their children could give the exams, they faulted the college administration and also the council, which rather than being “accessible and sympathetic” to them, chose to take on them through the legal route.

While the college withdrew from the legal battle thereafter, the Council then filed the petition in the apex court, challenging the high court order slamming the college and validating the view point of the students. The apex court quashed a special leave petition (SLP) of the Council against the students.

After the apex court’s dismissal of the petition, the students and parents are demanding that action be taken against the college for playing with the lives of the students.

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