The government will make a definitive judgment on whether to hold class 12 board examinations in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 outbreak within the next two days, the Supreme Court was informed on Monday.
In light of the prevailing circumstance, Attorney General K K Venugopal advised a panel of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari that the CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) class 12 examinations should be cancelled.
Further, the panel told Mr Venugopal that, “There is no problem. You make the choice. You have a right to it. If you are diverging from last year’s policy, you must provide a tangible reason for doing so.”
On June 26, 2020, the Supreme Court authorised the CBSE and CISCE plans for cancelling the remaining board examinations planned from July 1 to 15 last year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its method for assessing examinees. The attorney general assured the bench right away, “Within the next two days, the government will make a definitive decision. We are expecting that your lordships would allow us till Thursday to make a final decision.”
The issue has been scheduled for hearing on June 3 before the bench. “List on Thursday, as asked by the attorney general, since the competent authority is studying all elements of the subject and is expected to take an in-principle decision, which will be brought before the court,” the bench stated.
Mamta Sharma, the petitioner, has also asked for directives to develop an “objective process” for declaring class 12 results within a particular time limit. The CBSE announced on April 14 the cancellation of class 10 examinations and the postponing of class 12 examinations due to an increase in coronavirus infections. The Ministry of Education has requested comprehensive feedback from states and union territories on the recommendations discussed in a high-level meeting on the subject. The CBSE has recommended holding the tests between July 15 and August 26, with the results being announced in September.