Class 12 Exam Cancellation- Centre Informs Supreme Court that Decision will be taken in two days; Next hearing Thursday

The Supreme Court on Monday heard the PIL seeking cancellation of Class 12th Exams of CBSE and ICSE amidst Second Wave of COVID19 Pandemic.

Centre submitted that it will take a final decision on the issue of conducting of CBSE, ICSE Board exam in two days and sought time till Thursday to place its decision before court.

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A vacation bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Maheshwari asked the Centre to take its time to take a decision but asks it to give some “good and tangible reason” if it decides to depart from its last year decision when it agreed to cancel the examination due to Covid pandemic.

On the last hearing (Friday), the bench had directed the Petitioner in Person Advocate Mamta Sharma to serve the copy of Petition to the Standing Counsel for CBSE and ICSE. Thereafter the Court listed the matter for Today.

The PIL has been filed by Advocate Mamta Sharma seeking directions for quashing the notifications dated 14 April, 16 April and 19th April 2021 issued by CBSE and ICSE cancelling the examination of Class X (10th) but the exam of Class XII (12th) has been deferred.

The prayer in the PIL is to cancel the examination of Class XII and direct the CBSE and ICSE to frame a methodology for declaration of result within a specific time frame fixed by Court.

Justice Maheswari, on the last date observed that there might be some decision of the Government by June 1.

Last year during the first wave of COVID19 a similar PIL (Amit Bathla & Anr. V. CBSE & ors.) was filed to address the hardships of Class Xth and Class XII students.

The Supreme Court, considering the fact that exams could not be completed due to Pandemic, directed the CBSE and ICSE to declare the result of Class XIIth students on the basis of previous year grading.

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