SC Rejects Plea to Cancel Offline Board Exams for Grades 10, 12


The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea seeking the cancellation of offline council exams for grades 10 and 12 to be conducted by the CBSE and several other councils this year, saying such petitions give ‘false hope’ and create the “confusion” among the students who will appear in these exams.

The Supreme Court observed that the petition is “ill-advised” and “premature” and that the authorities have not yet made a proper decision regarding the conduct of the examinations of the various councils.

“Such petitions give false hope to people who are going to take the exams. These students will be misled by this petition. Let the authorities decide. If the decision is wrong, challenge that decision. Here you want to anticipate everything,” a bench headed by Judge AM Khanwilkar told the plaintiffs’ lawyer.

“This not only creates false hopes but confuses the students who are preparing,” said the bench, which also includes judges Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar.

The plaintiffs’ attorney said most state boards have yet to declare exam dates.

“Whenever the review is due, they will declare those dates, what’s the matter,” the bench observed.

Initially, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, AS Sahai and others, referred to the order issued by the Supreme Court last year in the case concerning jury examinations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

The bench said what happened in the past could not serve as a basis for placing the order now. “Receiving such petitions creates more confusion in the system. Let the authorities make the decision,” the bench said.

“What kind of motions are filed,” the Supreme Court said, adding, “Not because they were entertained last year due to the special circumstances and situation, we will continue and it will become a standard”. The lawyer argued that the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) held the first term exam in December last year in offline mode and the results have yet to be released.

He said that the deadline for the declaration of the results is very important.

The lawyer said the situation was very uncertain for the students and MBBS admissions for 2021 were not yet closed.

The bench said that the authorities will look into all aspects and that the petitioners can make representation there and they will make the appropriate decision based on the prevailing situation.

When the solicitor representing the claimants said he would limit himself to two prayers, the bench said: ‘We will not issue any instructions. They do their job. If this action is wrong, you dispute this action, we understand that. He said there are rules and regulations in place and authorities will work in tandem on the matter.

The attorney argued that classes weren’t being delivered properly in most states.

The bench said authorities are aware of the situation and are monitoring it.

After the lawyer referred to the ongoing parliamentary elections in some states, including Uttar Pradesh, the bench observed: “This is something unheard of. What type of public interest litigation is this? The lawyer argued that the exam dates for most boards have yet to be declared and that this would further delay the admissions process.

“Who are you to decide that? Who are you and who are we to decide on these dates? They know the realities on the ground. They have to make logistical arrangements. They will take an overview of the situation and then make a decision,” the bench said.

When counsel asked the Supreme Court to keep the motion pending, the bench initially observed that it would dismiss the plea with costs.

“In our view, this petition is misguided. It’s premature. The authorities have yet to take the appropriate decision regarding the conduct of the ensuing reviews in the respective commissions,” the bench said.

He said that if the decision is not in accordance with the provisions of the relevant law and rules or applicable regulations, it is open to the aggrieved persons to file an appeal in this regard which can be considered on its own merits.

“There is nothing more to say. Rejected,” the bench said.

The high court observed that this type of petition was misleading and in the last three days saw that there was news everywhere about it.

“What kind of petitions are filed and what kind of publicity is given to this issue,” he said, adding, “It has to stop.”

“Let the students do their job and let the authorities do their job,” observed the bench.

The plea had asked for instructions from the CBSE and other school boards, which offered to hold board exams for grades 10 and 12 in offline mode, to design alternative ways of assessment.

The CBSE has decided to hold second term exams for grades 10 and 12 from April 26. The plea was mentioned in front of the bench on Tuesday for urgent entry and the court had said it would hear the case on Wednesday.

The lawyer, representing the claimants, had told the bench that the Supreme Court had made orders in 2020 and 2021 regarding class 10 and 12 jury exams and this year too the same problem is there.

On June 17 last year, the higher court approved the assessment schemes of the Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the CBSE, which adopted the 30:30:40 format for assessment. grades of 12th standard students based on the results of grades 10, 11 and 12 respectively.

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