Covid-19: Supreme Court asks CBSE to decide by June 23 if pending board exams can be scrapped

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education to take a decision by June 23 and give clear instructions on conducting the remaining board examinations, LiveLaw reported.

The top court was hearing a petition filed to quash a notification of the CBSE to conduct the rest of the examinations of Class 12 between July 1 and July 15 amid the increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The petition, filed by parents of some students, sought a direction to the CBSE to declare results on the basis of exams which have already been conducted by the board and on internal assessment marks.

A three-judge bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna directed CBSE to hold consultation and examine whether remaining exams can be scrapped and if marks can be allotted on the basis of internal assessment.

The petition raised concern about the safety of lakhs of students, saying they may be exposed to the infection if they appear for the exams. “The said petition would also demonstrate the extent of discriminatory and arbitrariness conduct of the respondent/CBSE in issuing the notification for holding of the remaining examination and that too in the month of July, 2020 wherein as per the AIIMS data,…

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