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The ‘Opt-Out’ Options for CA Aspirants

Recently a petition has been filled in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on ‘opt out’ for 4.67 lakhs CA aspirants. The exam is now to be conducted during July 29 to August 16, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Source : The Indian Express

Seeing the pandemic crisis, CBSE and ICSE have recently cancelled all the board exams. Students are forced to attend online classes and some are forced to appear for the online examination as well.

Recently a petition has been filled in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on ‘opt out’ for 4.67 lakhs CA aspirants. The exam is now to be conducted during July 29 to August 16, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Seeing the scenario, the Supreme Court of India has issued a notice to Institute of charted accounts of India over the petition filed by India wide parents’ association.

The petition claimed that the notification issued on June 15th by ICAI violated the fundamental rights of students.  It also stated that the ‘opt out’ option is a highly discriminatory law.

The petition says, “The ‘opt-out’ option discriminates between those underprivileged group of CA aspirants, who are living in remote areas of the country or living in the containment zones and thus are slated to lose one precious examination attempt by choosing ‘opt-out’ option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as compared to that privileged group of aspirants, who are living in big cities green zones and thus they have no problem in appearing in the said examination,”

A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari has listed the matter for June 29. Senior Advocate Ramji Srinivasan appeared for the petitioner

The pandemic has already shuffled the whole academic schedule for students across the world. However, in India, there are some students who are not privileged enough for attending online classes and are missing out on a lot of their course. In a country where some rural areas still suffer from the power cut off, how are kids living in those areas supposed to attend online classes and examinations?

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