Board Exams: Plea in Supreme Court against holding classes 10, 12 board exams offline [LIVE UPDATES]

The petitioners have sought an alternative assessment method for upcoming board exams for classes 10 and 12 instead of holding physical exam as proposed by various State boards, CBSE and ICSE.
Board Exams: Plea in Supreme Court against holding classes 10, 12 board exams offline [LIVE UPDATES]

The Supreme Court is slated to hear a plea by school students against holding board exams for classes 10 and 12 via physical/ offline mode [Anubha Shrivastava Sahai vs Union of India].

The petitioners have sought an alternative assessment method for upcoming board exams for classes 10 and 12 instead of holding physical exam as proposed by various State boards, Central Bureau of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).

The plea will be heard by a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar.

When the matter was mentioned yesterday, Justice Khanwilkar had asked the petitioners to serve a copy of the plea on CBSE.

The students, who have moved the plea though Child rights activist Anubha Shrivastava Sahai and Students Union of Odisha, have also prayed for directions to all boards for declaration of results on time and an option for improvement exam due to various challenges being faced by them.

The petitioners pointed out that for CBSE, the board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be held in the last week of April.

For ICSE and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), there is no notification yet, the plea said.

As far as State Boards are concerned some have declared the timetable while some are still holding discussions on the course of action, it was highlighted.

"The students are dissatisfied by this kind of behaviour of State government and other boards and stressed and worried about their future and career," the plea said.

Pertinently, the plea highlighted the COVID-19 situation and the difficulties and pressures faced by students due to the interruptions in their schooling.

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