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‘Wife’ gets nod to write exam

Calcutta, Jan. 6: A schoolgirl branded as a potentially bad influence and barred from class by her institution for getting married at 17 has obtained a high court order allowing her to write the Higher Secondary exams this year.

“Treat this case as a special one and allow the student to sit for this year’s Higher Secondary examination,” Justice Dipankar Dutta said in a directive to the president of the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education on Thursday.

Chandadipa Mondal of Pathar Pratima, near Canning in South 24-Parganas, had dragged her school to court for not only barring her from attending class but also refusing to allow her to take the pre-Higher Secondary test last year.

Her counsel Sandip Das alleged that the management of Pathar Pratima Anandalal Adarsha Vidyalaya twice impinged on Chandadipa’s right to education.

“Her getting married has nothing to do with her career. But the school insisted that she could not attend Class XII because her presence might ‘spoil’ the other students. She approached the school authorities again at the time of the Higher Secondary qualifying test, only to be told that she did not have the requisite attendance to sit for the exam,” Das told The Telegraph.

The higher secondary council’s rule-book stipulates a minimum attendance of 70 per cent for a student to be eligible for the final exam.

The teenager, who turns 18 later this month, told Justice Dutta that she was confident about clearing the exams despite not attending school for a year.

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