Thiruvananthapuram: A 17-year-old boy, who was suspended last year by his school in Kerala for hugging a girl for a “long time”, has passed the CBSE Class 12 exams with flying colours. The boy’s family informed a national TV channel on Saturday that he scored 91.2% marks.
The student was allowed to take his exams after his school, St Thomas Central School, had written to the CBSE in December last year, recommending that the student be allowed to take the board exams. The school management had decided to take a lenient view of the matter, considering the boy’s age, saying their intention was not to spoil the future of the student. This was after the Kerala High Court refused to intervene in the matter.
The boy acquired 87 marks in English, 90 in Business Studies, 99 in Economics, 88 in Accountancy and 92 in Psychology. The two teenagers had been suspended for indiscipline last year – “a long hug in the school and intimate pictures in their private Instagram accounts”.
Following the intervention of MP Shashi Tharoor, he was permitted to appear for the exams. “Our son has been permitted to take his exams, since classes for class XII are over. We will still challenge the high court order in an appeal to expunge the extreme remarks against the teenagers in its judgment,” the 17-year-old boy’s father told the TV channel.
In February, a high court division bench ordered the remarks against the teenagers to be expunged from the earlier order.
The boy’s family had approached Child Rights Commission, which ordered the school to take back the students. However, the school challenged the order in the high court and the court had stated that the school had the powers to decide on disciplinary issues.
The month-long wait for nearly 12 lakh students finally ended on Saturday with the CBSE declaring the Class 12 results on Saturday. This year again, girls outshined boys with an overall passing percentage of 88.31 compared to 78.09 of boys. The overall pass percentage was 83.01, up one per cent from last year, and the top three regions were Trivandrum with 97.32%, Chennai with 93.87% and Delhi with 89.