On Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted two weeks to CBSE and ICSE to decide on objective criteria for an alternate mode to assess class 12th students as exams are cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, who appeared for CBSE, told the Bench that a decision would be taken on the subject within two weeks.
Senior Counsel JK Das, who appeared for CISCE, requested the Bench to finalise the objective criteria for four weeks. However, the Bench stated that four weeks was a long time considering the urgency of the case. According to the Bench, admission of students to colleges/higher education institutions will get delayed if the decision is not taken.
Hon’ble Justice Khanwilkar told the AG that such a decision should be taken overnight if possible but granted two weeks.
The petitioner (Advocate Mamata Sharma) submitted a uniform direction regarding the class 12th exam was needed.
However, the Bench stated that it would wait for CISCE and CBSE’s decision before considering other issues.
After receiving inputs from various stakeholders, on 1st June, the Centre decided that the class 12th exam should be cancelled. It further stated that CBSE would decide on the criteria to compile the results of class 12th students.