In its reply to the Supreme Court, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has shared its decision to cancel the pending class 10 board examinations and make class 12 exam optional for students. Supreme Court bench led by J A M Khanwilkar heard the plea seeking cancellation of pending CBSE exams due to Covid-19.
SG Mehta stated to SC that the board has filed an affidavit considering reports submitted by the states. In effect, the board has decided not to conduct the exams from July 1. He said, “Our affidavit filed 30 minutes ago, states that taking into account suggestion from states, exams for class 10 and 12 from July 1 stands cancelled.” However, he added that class 12 exam is optional. CBSE has a scheme in which marks scored in past three exams will be considered. For class 12, the exams will be conducted “as soon as the situation is conducive”. Students who opt to appear for class 12 exams will have the marks they score as their final marks. ICSE Board has also shared that it would follow the decision of CBSE regarding the same. SC Advocate Rishi Malhotra who appeared for the petitioner shared that Maharashtra, Odisha and Delhi have said they cannot conduct the pending board examinations due to Covid-19.
Few papers of CBSE exams were postponed when the schools shut in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. These exams were then rescheduled to be conducted between July 1 and July 15.
CBSE had cancelled the class 10 and 12 exams for its schools abroad and released the date sheet for the pending exams in India in July. However, parents opposed the decision and filed a plea being concerned about the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country. Taking cognizance of the PIL filed, SC had then asked CBSE to ‘reconsider’ its decision to conduct the pending exams.
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