Supreme Court dismisses a plea seeking a direction to CBSE and the Delhi government to waive off examination fees for students of classes 10 and 12 in the current academic year in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and consequent financial problems being faced by parents.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the CBSE and the Delhi government to waive examination fees for students of classes 10 and 12 in the current academic year in view of Covid-19 and financial problems being faced by some parents.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah dismissed the petition filed by NGO 'Social Jurist' against the September 28 order of the Delhi high court.
"How can the court direct the government to do this? You should give a representation to the government... Dismissed," the bench said.
The high court had asked the AAP government and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to treat the PIL as a representation and take a decision "in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policy applicable to the facts of the case" within three weeks.
The NGO later moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the board and the Delhi Government to waive examination fees in view of the ongoing pandemic and consequent financial problems being faced by parents.
Meanwhile, students on social media are asking CBSE and the Education Ministry for “clarity” on when the exams will be held next year.
The Delhi government, in October, asked the CBSE not to hold exams next year before May. However, CBSE or the Education Ministry have not made any announcement yet on when the Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations will be conducted next year.
Last Updated 17, Nov 2020, 12:57 PM