HC declines to stay 'single window' system for HS admission

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Kochi, May 29 (UNI) The Kerala High Court today gave the green light to the 'single window system' for admissions to higher secondary classes by declining to stay the Government Order on this.

Holding that the introduction of single window system was not an infringement on minority rights, Justice K T Sankaran observed that the balance of convenience was in favour of the State Government.

The court held that the system was not violative of constituitonal provisions as well as the Kerala Educational Rules.

The system will not infringe on the management rights of minority-run institutions as it was being introduced only for the merit seats and the management seats would not be affected, the court noted.

However, it also observed that there was a need for a comprehensive legislation regarding admissions to higher secondary classes.

The interim order today was issued in five writ petitions, including those filed by the archdioces of Changanacherry, Idukki and Cochin, challenging the 'single window system' as an infringement on minority rights. Under the system, a student would not have to apply in several school but only in one school with preferences.

The admission would be made to any school in the district as per the student's rank.

The court will consider the petitions in detail later.

UNI XR ARC RL AS1836

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