Updated: June 23, 2021 5:13:52 am
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with petitions challenging the scheme to evaluate Class 12 students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
A bench comprising justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari held that the scheme was “well-reasoned” and taken in the “larger interest” of over 20 lakh students and as autonomous bodies, the educational board could devolve their own schemes.
“We find no reason to interfere with the CBSE, CISCE scheme. We find it fair and reasonable, takes care of all sets of students and is in the larger public interest,” the bench said.
The court also dismissed another challenge by students seeking cancellation of the examinations to be conducted for private or compartment students of CBSE.
Parents’ and Students’ associations had challenged the CBSE and CISCE scheme of evaluation and had sought a direction that examinations be made optional for students and had questioned why board exams had to be cancelled while students had to physically appear for other competitive exams. The petitioners had argued that the scheme is unfair and arbitrary and could be detrimental to students.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Central government, told the court that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will instruct colleges and professional institutes not to begin admissions till results of optional exams that may be conducted are declared.
On June 1, CBSE scrapped the Class 12 Board examination due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision was announced after a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister. It was justified on the ground that “students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation”.
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