Updated: June 24, 2021 2:16:18 pm
Supreme Court today said there cannot be a uniform scheme for assessment for all state boards across India. The apex court refused to pass such an order while hearing a plea seeking cancellation of the class 12 examination.
“Each board is autonomous and different and hence the court cannot pass order on scrapping of class 12 exams,” a bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari observed.
“We direct the boards to ensure that the scheme is formulated at the earliest and not later than 10 days from today and also declare the internal assessment results by July 31, 2021, like the timeline specified for CBSE and CISCE,” the bench said in its order.
The top court was hearing a plea that has sought directions to states to not hold board examinations in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We make it clear that each board may formulate their own scheme. However, we further make it clear that we are not endorsing the correctness and validity of the scheme that will be formulated by the concerned board,” the bench said.
During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing, the bench was told by an advocate appearing in the matter that state boards that have cancelled the class 12 examinations amid the pandemic may be asked to have a uniform scheme for assessing students. “That may not be acceptable because every state board has their own scheme. It cannot be uniform. We are not going to direct for a uniform scheme. Each board will have to evolve their own scheme,” the bench said, adding that each board is different and autonomous.
It said each state boards have experts to advise them and there cannot be a uniform all India scheme for this. “There cannot be a fit-all scheme,” the bench observed, adding, “We have made it clear that each board is autonomous and they will have their own scheme.”
On Tuesday, the SC dismissed a plea challenging the decision of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) to cancel the board examinations this year due to the Covid-19 situation in the country.
The apex court also dismissed all challenges mounted to the new assessment policies that have been devised by CBSE and CISCE for computation of marks
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