The petition, filed by six students appearing for the next board examination, came before a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and City Rabikumar for hearing.
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The bench said that the appeal would be heard on November 18 along with a pending petition. Senior counsel Sanjay Hegde, appearing for the petitioners, told the bench that the matter needed urgent consideration as the board examination would start from Tuesday.
The bench, which observed that the pending petition was scheduled for hearing in January next year, took note of the submission and said that it would begin hearing of that application and both matters would be taken up this week.
When the counsel appearing for the petitioners said that the petition pending before the Supreme Court raised some different issues, the bench said, “We will look into it on Thursday (November 18). If the problem is the same, it will be heard together. ”
The apex court granted freedom to the applicants to serve an advance copy of the application to the respondents including the permanent counsel of CBSE.
The bench also heard a separate petition which raised issues related to the results of the improvement test conducted by CBSE.
The court asked the lawyer appearing on behalf of the petitioners to serve an advance copy of the application to the CBSE and the Permanent Counsel of the Central Agency and posted the matter for hearing on November 22.
An application seeking a hybrid alternative to the upcoming board exams claims that the board’s entire practice of conducting one or semester one exams only in offline mode is “clearly unreasonable”.
According to the date sheet announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the term of one board will start from November 16.
The first semester of the board examination of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will begin on November 22.
The petition, filed by advocate Sumantha Nukal, said subsequent examinations would be held in hybrid mode, with the option of choosing between offline and online examinations.
“Consent is important because the tests are directly related to the mental health of the applicants, which requires a favorable and voluntary environment to ensure a fair assessment. It is common knowledge that the third wave of the Kovid epidemic has been predicted, “it said.
The petition claims that the current proposed system of offline examinations is “fraught with bad planning and lack of mindfulness” which would further adversely prejudice the students.
“Even if the respondents (board and others) wanted to conduct the examination on the dates mentioned, there was ample time and resources to plan it carefully and consider the concerns raised in the present petition,” it said.
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