Remaining Class 12 Board Exams On Thursday: CBSE To Top Court
The Union government and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the “decision-making process” on whether the remaining Class X and XII exams from July 1 to 15 should be held amid the pandemic was at an “advanced stage”.
“Solicitor General has informed us that the expert body is in the process of taking a final decision in the matter very shortly and hopefully by tomorrow June, 24. In the circumstances, we defer the hearing of these matter(s) to June 25, 2020 at 2.00 p.m”, a three-judge Bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said in a short order.
The court said it would consider on Thursday separate petitions filed by parents of students of both the CBSE and the ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education), an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for the Centre and the CBSE, said that “we understand the anxiety of the students” and a decision may be finalised by “tomorrow [June 24] evening”.
Advocate Rishi Malhotra, for thepetitioners who are worried parents, said the students were worried about the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. A group of parents has sought the quashing of a notification to conduct the remaining Class X and XII exams in July. They have asked for students to be awarded marks based on an internal assessment or in line with the marks allotted for practical exams.
A similar request has been made by the Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha governments to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
The parents said in the plea that students could be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they appeared for exams amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases
“The government is deciding… Let the government take a decision. These are unprecedented,” Justice Khanwilkar, flanked by Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, addressed Mr. Malhotra orally.