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Exams Cancelled for 10th std, Optional For Students in 12th

The CBSE told the apex court recently that it had decided to cancel the remaining board examinations for classes 10 and 12. A notification earlier surfaced that exams would continue in July on account of the COVID-19 situation. The students appear for the examination usually in March but delayed due to the lockdown.

A Final Decision After A Long Wait

Appearing for the government, Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that the Centre cancelled the examinations, originally scheduled for July 1 to 15.  He added while addressing the issue that as soon as conditions will be conducive, we shall conduct the CBSE class 12 examinations. This will be for the ones for students who opt for it. Mehta informed a bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar that they formulated a scheme to assess the performance of class 12 students on the basis of their performance in last examinations.

Plea Filed By Some Parents

Following the decision, the ICSE eventually announced the cancellation of board examinations in the same period. Mehta noted ICSE had not given an option for students to write the examination later. The top court was hearing a plea, which some parents of students had filed. They sought a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of the exam already conducted. Also, to calculate it on an average basis with internal assessment marks of remaining subjects.

Looking Forward

The petitioners told the apex Court that some governments like that of Maharashtra and Odisha were unable to conduct examinations. This also included Delhi. During the hearing on a different plea concerning ICSE exams, the counsel appearing for the ICSE told the bench that they would follow the government’s decision regarding CBSE exams.

The officials will declare the results of the exams already conducted in mid-August. Also, the academic year will probably start in September 2020. However, the apex court has asked clarification over this. The centre is also required to clarify, by 26 June, the issue of option between internal assessment and exam.

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