A few students of Assam have filed a plea in the Supreme court seeking the cancellation of Assam state board exams for class 10 and class 12 examinations. This plea came after Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s announcement on June 10th to conduct the state board exams within July 15 and August 15 if the state’s positivity rate is below 2% as of July 1st.
The plea was applied by four students in the top court through advocates Abhishek Choudary and Manju Jetley. It was said to have been applied in the interest of students’ and parents’ safety, health and well-being.
It read, “It is humbly submitted that the statements made by the Chief Minister of Assam have created a situation of havoc and panic among the students and therefore, almost all the students, their parents, and family members have been pushed into a state of dilemma and their mental condition has been devastated.”
The students also stated the ‘positivity rate below 2%’ criteria for conducting exams as irrelevant. They argued saying, “Positivity rate data is very dynamic in nature which has the potential to increase or decrease exponentially within the span of less than 24 hours”.
“Classification sought to be made in the present case between CBSE (Central Board Of Secondary Education), CISE (Council for Indian School Certificate Examination) and other state board students on one hand and the students of Assam SEBA (Secondary Education Board of Assam) and AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) on the other hand are prima facie irrational, unreasonable and is bad in law on the ground of violation of the basic feature of our Constitution, namely the principles of equality enshrined under Article 14,”, the plea read.
Several states followed the lead of CBSE and CISCE in cancellation of class 10 and class 12 examinations taking into account the pandemic situation, whereas, the Assam board on June 10 announced its interest in conducting offline exams for their HSLC (class 10) and HS (class 12) students between July 15 and August 15.