“Cannot Become Norm”: Supreme Court’s ‘No’ To Cancel Offline Board Exams

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 23 refused to entertain a plea seeking cancellation of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) term 2, and other board exams in offline mode.

A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar observed that such petition creates “false hope” and “confusion” all over. “This creates not only false hopes, it creates confusion all over to students who are preparing,” said the bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar. “Let the students do their job and let the authorities do their jobs,” the bench observed.

The plea has sought directions to the CBSE and other education boards , which have proposed to hold board examinations for classes 10 and 12 in offline mode, for devising other modes of assessment. The plea filed by the class 10 and 12 students of over 15 states sought an alternative assessment method for the upcoming board exams.

Last year, almost all state and central education boards , including the CBSE and the CISCE had to cancel Class 10 and Class 12 final exams due to the second wave of COVID-19 and follow alternative methods of evaluation. However, CBSE, CISCE and some other state boards have decided to go with a two term board exam system for 2021-22.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates for class 10 and 12 term 2 exams. The term 2 exams will be held from April 26. Meanwhile, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is likely to conduct the ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 exam in the last week of April. The detailed time table, CISCE in a statement has said, will be released shortly.

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