The central government told the Supreme Court that it would take a final decision on the issue of conducting or canceling the Class 12 CBSE, ICSE board exam in two days and asked for time till Thursday to place its decision before the court.
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A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar adjourned the case till June 3, following a similar situation last year, instead prompting internal marking.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Center, asked for time and said that the Center would return to take a decision on the Class XII board exams due to the epidemic.
The bench asked the Center to take its time to take a decision. However, it asked the Center to give some good and sound reasons if it decides to withdraw from last year’s decision when it agreed to cancel the exam due to Kovid-19.
The situation this year is the same as last year and if the government decides to pursue board exams, it should justify withdrawing from last year’s decision, the bench said.
The apex court was hearing a petition seeking direction to the Center, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) to cancel the CBSE, ICSE Class XII examinations.
CBSE through its letter on 14 April had canceled the Class X examination and postponed the Class XII examination. The CISCE through its circulars of April 16 and 19 had canceled the Class X examination and postponed the Class XII examination for an unspecified period.
The petition asks the court to quash the CBSE and CISCE notification dated 14,16 and 19 April 2021, which have been issued only in relation to the sections relating to the postponement of class XII examinations.
In the petition filed by advocate Mamta Sharma, the court has been asked to formulate an objective methodology to declare the results of class XII within a specific time frame.
It asked the court to pass the same orders / instructions that were passed by this court last year under similar circumstances due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, where it gave the respondents the result of the class XII students on their earlier basis. Was instructed to calculate and declare. Her main final exam was postponed as grading and could not be conducted due to an unprecedented situation due to epidemics.
The petition states that for innocent students of class XII, “stepmother’s arbitrary, inhumane instructions” have been issued to postpone their final exams for an unspecified period.
“In view of the unprecedented health emergency and increasing number of Kovid-19 cases in the country, conduct of examination, either offline or online or mixed in the coming weeks is not possible and delaying the examination will cause irreparable damage to the students. Since time The essence of taking admission in higher education courses in foreign universities is. ”
It added that the delay in the declaration of results would eventually create a hurdle in a semester of interested students as admission could not be confirmed until the results of class XII were declared.
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