CBSE class 10 exams cancelled, class 12 students can opt for exam or internal marks assessment
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jun 25, 2020, 03:36 pm
The government announced on Thursday that the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) class 10 and 12 board exams, scheduled to be conducted between July 1 and 15, has been cancelled after logistical issues such as transportation of the students and the "mental equilibrium" of the parents and their children were taken into account due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following a suit, ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) informed the Supreme Court as well that the remaining board exams for both the classes will be cancelled.
The Apex Court, in response, has asked for a detailed report about the modalities to be followed with respect to optional exams, publication of exam results including new academic session, and has fixed Friday for orders to be issued. On behalf of the CBSE and the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that the cancellation of the CBSE board exams has been done upon consulation with various states. He said, "We took this decision due to logistical issues. Many schools are quarantine centres. Parents are also worried and so are children. Thus, the mental equilibrium stands affected,".
He further went on to state that there will be no class exams at a future date while an option for class 12 will be provided. Mehta told the Supreme Court bench, "Class 12 students will have an option to accepting scores on the basis of their last three internal assessments or sit in the remaining exams at a future date, which will be conducted as and when the situations are conducive,".
The Solicitor General further added that students can apply to pursue higher studies based on their internal assignment with the results to be published by July 15 by the schools and the board. The Supreme Court bench, however, pointed out that the new academic session should begin from September. The Court said that students will be able to improve their performance and score higher marks by appearing in the proposed exams.
He added that a notification will be issued by the CBSE with all the details which will address the concerns of students properly. The bench has asked for more clarity regarding the option between internal exams and internal assessments, status of state board exams and on date of result. The Court has asked for the submission of a redrafted notification clarifying all points in order to avoid any confusions.