Class X, XII Board exams cancelled; optional Class XII exams may be held when COVID-19 situation improves: CBSE to Supreme Court-

Taking a cue from the CBSE’s stand, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) also said that it would cancel this year’s Board exams.

The Supreme Court was informed today that this year’s Class X and XII Board exams held by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) stand cancelled as a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.

The Court was, however, was also apprised that optional Class XII exams may be conducted when the situation improves. Students who opt out of taking these exams will be assessed on the basis of previous exams.

Taking a cue from the CBSE’s stand, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) also said that it would cancel this year’s Board exams.

A three-judge Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a plea seeking the cancellation of this year’s CBSE exams, filed by the parents of students scheduled to appear for their Class XII Board exams in July.

At the outset of today’s hearing, counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Rishi Malhotra, stated that Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha have indicated their ability to conduct CBSE exams this year.

However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made it clear that the affidavit filed by CBSE today states that the Class X and XII Board exams scheduled for July 1 stand cancelled.

Mehta further elaborated that CBSE has a scheme by which marks scored in the past three exams will be taken into account. He also stated that Class XII exams would be conducted “as soon as situation is conducive.” Further,

“Marks for students who opt for Class XII exams will have that marks as final.”

Those who opt out of the exams that might be held in the future, will be assessed according to the exams they took in the past.

It was also made clear that the Class X board exams were cancelled, and that there would be no optional exams for Class X students.

The Bench, however, asked the CBSE to clarify its stance in the reply filed before the Court. Calling for clarity, Justice Khanwilkar said,

“If you see the dates, you will hold exams for Class 12 sometime. So dates for other exams need to be postponed.”

To this, SG Mehta replied,

“Admissions now will be only on the basis of the assessment. They can apply on the basis of assessment.”

Mehta added that the result on the basis of the assessment of both Class X and XII students will be published by July 15.

Published by Sneha Vishwakarma

Advocate, Bombay High court.

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