New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that the board in consultation with the Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) decided to cancel the pending board exams of class 10th and class 12th scheduled from July 1 to July 15.

Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBSE told the SC bench that the board will conduct the remaining class 12th board exams for the students who opt for it, as soon as the situation due to coronavirus pandemic became conducive. He also informed that the class 10th exams, which were to be held only for North-East Delhi students, have been cancelled. 

The counsel for CBSE also informed the top court that Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have conveyed inability to conduct the exams as the situation in the three states has worsened since past few weeks. 

The Supreme Court also asked the CBSE if they will give an option to the students to appear for the exams later or the results will be declared on the basis of internal assessment marks. 

Responding to which, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the option will be given to class 12th students to appear for the exams later when the condition will be conducive. The board also informed that they have come up with an evaluation method according to which the class 12th students will be promoted on the basis of the last three exams. 

Earlier on June 23, the Centre had asked the apex court for time till Thursday and said that the talks on the matter are at an advanced stage. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar that the government and the board are aware of the anxiety of students, and the authorities concerned will take a decision on the issue very soon.

The top court was hearing a plea, filed by some parents of the students appearing for the exam, seeking a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of exam already conducted and to calculate it on an average basis with internal assessment marks of remaining subjects.

The plea has also sought quashing of the May 18 notification of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) by which the date sheet for remaining exams of Class XII was declared.

Meanwhile, the apex court also heard a separate plea on Tuesday which has sought scrapping of the examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The counsel appearing for ICSE told the bench that they would broadly follow the government's decision regarding CBSE exams. The bench, however, observed that the ICSE can take its own informed decision on the issue. Mehta said that decision taken regarding CBSE exam may not be binding on ICSE.

Raising concern over the safety of lakhs of students, the plea has said that they might be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they have to appear in the examinations amid the increase in a number of cases of virus infection.

It has alleged that considering the gravity of COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE has cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its around 250 schools which are situated abroad and have adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the internal assessment marks. It has also raised concern over the issue where an examination centre might fall within the COVID-19 containment zone.


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan