The students, belonging to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, will give their state board enchancment exams after sunset on Saturday, after the tip of Sabbath.
The Director of Public Instruction issued an order relating to the identical on a request made by the Christian Protestant Church to the Chief Minister and Education Minister to reschedule the advance exams timing.
The church had despatched a memorandum looking for to reschedule the examination in view of the weekly Holy Sabbath from Friday night to Saturday night.
“We humbly request you to reschedule the timetable for plus two exams on any other day other than Saturday or after the sunset on Saturday. The Seventh-day Adventist Church universally observes the Holy Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening weekly in thousands of churches across the World,” the church mentioned in its memorandum.
It mentioned that each one their plus two students and their mother and father have been shocked to search that essential topics reminiscent of Mathematics, Biology and Computer Science are scheduled on September 26 morning and night.
“All the families connected with the Seventh-day Adventists families and Pastors are on a shock wave and immediately through church authorities presented the memorandum to Chief Minister, Education Minister and Education Department,” it mentioned.
Acting on the request, an order was issued by the DPI saying that the nine students of Seventh-day Adventist Church will probably be allowed to write the morning arithmetic examination after 6 pm.
“The students have to come to the exam centre at Kollam before 9:30 am and they have to wait till 6 pm in a specially arranged room. They won’t be allowed to use mobile phones or any other electronic gadgets. They can write exams after 6 pm,” the order mentioned.
Speaking to ANI, pastor Tito Arattukulam of Seventh-day Adventist Church welcomed the state authorities’s resolution and mentioned that it must be replicated throughout the nation.
“For those in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sabbath starts from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. It’s our holiday and we don’t indulge in any work other than prayers. We are happy that the Kerala government took a favourable decision after a memorandum was given to Kerala Chief Minister and Education Minister,” he mentioned.