SC directs state boards to declare Class 12 results by July 31, notify schemes for assessment within 10 days
"We're passing General order for all boards. We direct the Boards that schemes be formulated and notifies in 10 days from today and also declare the internal assessment results by 31st July, like timeline specified for CBSE and ICSE", a vacation bench said.
The Supreme Court has directed state boards to notify their respective schemes for assessment for the cancelled Class 12 physical exams within 10 days and declare results by July 31.
"We're passing General order for all boards. We direct the Boards that schemes be formulated and notifies in 10 days from today and also declare the internal assessment results by 31st July, like timeline specified for CBSE and ICSE", a vacation bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari ordered.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Anubha Srivastava seeking cancellation of state board exams. While several state boards have announced the cancellation of Class 12 exams, six have already conducted Class 12 exams. Andhra Pradesh is the only state which is yet to hold the Class 12 exams or to announce its cancellation. The Andhra Pradesh government told the Supreme Court that it is proposing to hold the exams tentatively in the last week of July. The government has said that it will allow only 15 students at each exam hall and all Covid guidelines will be followed.
The statement came while the court was hearing a petition seeking the cancellation of state-level board exams.
While 21 states have already done away with the exams this year and some are already done conducting, few boards are planning to organise them as the Covid-19 situation eases.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court gave CBSE and CISCE boards two weeks' time as well to frame alternative assessment criteria to evaluate the students.
The SC called the criteria fair and reasonable. "There is no reason to interfere with the CBSE and ICSE schemes," the court said. Some parents had objected and sought a physical exams, but the same was rejected.
In an affidavit CBSE told the court that the optional Class 12 Board Exams for those students not satisfied with their assessment would be held anytime between August 15 and September 15.
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