NEW DELHI: In view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases and to protect students from getting exposed to virus, the SC on Wednesday asked CBSE to consider whether it could scrap the remaining papers of Board examinations and grant marks on the basis of internal assessment.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna asked CBSE to hold consultations and take a call on the issue after the Board informed the court that it was in the process of taking a decision on the issue. The court listed the next hearing for June 23.
The CBSE had earlier announced that the remaining papers of the Board exams would be held during July 1-15. After the decision, a group of four parents approached the court. The petitionpleaded the court to direct CBSE to scrap the remaining papers and give marks to students on the basis of internal assessment. “CBSE’s notification for holding the remaining examination is discriminatory and arbitrary and that too in the month of July when as per AIIMS data, the Covid-19 pandemic would be at its peak…. As done by CBSE in its other 250 schools abroad and various state boards, the examination scheduled to be conducted in July should be cancelled and marks allotted on the basis of internal assessment,” it said.
“CBSE cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its 250 odd schools which are situated abroad and has adopted criteria in awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or internal assessment marks. It is regretful that the respondents herein have no genuine concern about putting the lives at peril of all students,” it said.