March 24, 2023

Supreme Court refuses to cancel classes 10, 12 offline board exams | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to entertain plea seeking cancellation of offline board exams for classes 10 and 12 to be conducted by CBSE and other boards including ICSE and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
The apex court said that its past order on postponing of examination cannot become a norm to pass same order for this academic year as well.
A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar observed that such petition creates “false hope” and “confusion” all over.
“This creates not only false hopes, it creates confusion all over to students who are preparing,” said the bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar.
“Let the students do their job and let the authorities do their jobs,” the bench said.
The authorities are more aware about the ground realities and are capable to take a decision and could should not interfere, the bench added.
The plea, filed by activist Anubha Shrivastava Sahai and others, was mentioned before the Supreme Court for urgent listing.
The counsel, appearing for the petitioners, told the bench that the apex court had passed orders in 2020 and 2021 regarding class 10 and 12 board exams and this year also, the same problem is there.
On Monday, the matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana.
The counsel had told the CJI-led bench that physical examination should not be conducted due to the pandemic.
The bench had said that the matter would be listed before a bench headed by Justice Khanwilkar.
On June 17 last year, the top court had approved the assessment schemes of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the CBSE, which had adopted the 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks for students of 12th standard based on results of class 10, 11 and 12 respectively.
The CBSE had said it would evaluate class 12 students for theory based on 30 per cent marks from class 10 board, 30 per cent from class 11, and 40 per cent from marks based on the performance in the unit, mid-term, and pre-board tests in class 12.
CBSE has announced the dates for class 10 and 12 term 2 exams. The term 2 exams will be held from April 26. Meanwhile, CISCE is likely to conduct the ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 exam in the last week of April.
(With inputs from agencies)

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