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Bombay High Court disposes of plea on conduct of CBSE, ICSE Board Examinations, 2020 in view of Supreme Court ruling

The matter was posted for today to await the decision of the Supreme Court on the PIL before it on the conduct of CBSE exams. Last week, the CBSE informed the top Court that CBSE exams scheduled for July stood cancelled.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

The Bombay High Court today disposed of the pleas concerning the conduct of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ICSE) examinations in July amid the COVID-19 pandemic (Arvind Tiwari v. Union of India and Ors.)

In the previous hearing, the Bombay High Court was informed that the CICSE (Council for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be conducting examinations in July as originally scheduled in view of the pandemic.

The matter was posted for today to await the decision of the Supreme Court on the PIL before it on the conduct of CBSE exams. Last week, the CBSE informed the top Court that the CBSE exams earlier scheduled for July stood cancelled for both Class X and XII students (Amit Bathla v. Central Board of Secondary Education and Anr).

In view of the same, the Bombay High Court Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice SS Shinde disposed of the petition before it, given that “nothing survived for decision.”

“In terms of this order, all proceedings/petitions pertaining to the subject matter of conducting examinations for classes X and XII by ICSE for Academic Year 2019-2020 pending in this Court or any other Court shall be governed by this order and deemed to be disposed of accordingly", the High Court said.

Before the Supreme Court, the educational authorities had also submitted “Assessment Schemes” formulated to asses the academic performance of Class X and XII students, in lieu of board exams.

The top Court had disposed of the petition before it after accepting the CBSE's notification regarding the cancellation of exams this year and the assessment scheme.

Whereas no further exams will be conducted for Class X students this year, the CBSE notification has provided an option to Class XII students to take exams that may be conducted later if the situation becomes more conducive and if they wished to improve upon their performance.

The ICSE had informed the Court that its approach would be different from that of the CBSE’s.

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