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Supreme Court dismisses plea to cancel CBSE compartmental exams for Classes X and XII

The plea was dismissed by a Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna.

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A three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court today dismissed a petition seeking the cancellation of CBSE compartment exams for Class X and XII in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Alternatively, the petition had prayed for the declaration of the exam dates.

The petition was dismissed by a Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna.

A compartment exam is conducted for students who could not pass in one or two subjects in Class X or XII board exams. The CBSE gives three chances to such students to clear the compartment exam.

Dismissing the plea made to cancel the conduct of these exams amid the pandemic, the Court said that a separate substantive petition needs to be filed to assail the August 6 CBSE representation regarding compartmental exams.

The letter-petition moved by 809 students from across India had urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct compartment exams amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The letter had raised concern that while there is no update on the schedule of the compartment examination, most colleges have given examination deadlines.

The letter petition further averred that this decision of CBSE "exposes students/parents/teachers and staff to a lot of risk in view of exponential growth of the virus in the country."

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