The Supreme Court of India has adjourned the plea seeking cancelation of class 12 board exams till May 31. The plea was adjourned on the grounds that the petitioner had not served an advanced copy on the standing counsel for CBSE. Now, the hearing is scheduled to take place on May 31 at 11 am.
The plea filed by advocate Mamata Sharma seeks the cancelation of class 12 board exams for CBSE and CISCE. The plea seeks to devise results based on an alternative assessment criterion. The hearing was to begin at 10:30 am today but was adjourned. Justice Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari are hearing the petition.
While the PIL is filed for CBSE and CISCE boards, it will have an impact on other state boards as well considering class 12 exams are essential for admission to higher education institutes and states educational boards will also want a uniform mode of assessment.
If the matter will be taken up by the apex court, then there might a chance that the revised dates will not be finalized on June 1, as scheduled earlier after a high-level meeting. Earlier, in a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and state education ministers and secretaries, it was being proposed that CBSE Class 12 Board Exams should be held between July 15 to August 28. Union Minister and CBSE were expected to hold a review meeting on June 1 after which the final dates were expected to be announced for CBSE class 12 board exams.
Earlier, the government had proposed two ways of holding exams. In one of the ways, the educational boards were asked to hold exams for only limited subjects while in the other, the exams were to be held for all subjects but the duration was proposed to be reduced from three hours to 90 minutes. Most of the states had decided to hold exams for all subjects but for a shorter duration. This might have to wait, considering the case is with SC now.
Students have been demanding cancelation of class 12 board exams and had demanded to be promoted based on internal assessment. ISO India had written to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in which they suggested holding exams in remotely proctored exams from home or in open book mode.