A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by class 12th compartment and private students against CBSE’s decision to hold offline exams for them during the pandemic.
The plea filed by three students through Advocate Manju Jetley states that CBSE’s decision amount’s to unequal treatment to private/compartment students of class 12 and 10 since the CBSE cancelled regular board exams. It was further stated that by forcing students to appear for the said exam, CBSE put students’ lives at risk.
The petition is filed as an intervention application in a plea pending before the Apex Court and sought scrapping of the class 12 exam.
Incidentally, the three petitioners have the support of 1149 students and their names have also been listed.
It is averred that due to the pandemic situation, it was not advisable to hold the physical examination for private/compartment students as it will endanger their lives and will expose them to an unsafe environment.
As per the plea, CBSE’s decision was prima facie arbitrary and violative of Article 14.
A reference was made to two CBSE notifications. It was submitted that a bare perusal of the notification showed that CBSE gave unequal treatment to regular students who are giving the compartmental exam.
It is also stated that dates for competitive exams like CLAT and NEET have already been notified, and if the class 12th exam results are not released, then the future of these students would be in jeopardy.
As per the Intervention Application, compartmental candidates should be heard by Court before a final decision is taken in the case.
Earlier the CBSE had cancelled the class 10 exam, and after a representation was made, class 12 exams were cancelled as well.
CBSE’s counsel has informed the Supreme Court that the results will be declared by 31st July.
The Apex Court might take up the case on Monday.