Parents Submit Plea in Supreme Court to cancel CBSE 12th Exams 2020. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday demanding to put on hold the pending CBSE Class 10th and Class 12th board examinations 2020, scheduled to be held from 1 to 15 July.
The petition mentions that since the numbers of exam centres have been increased from 3,000 to 15,000, ensuring safety measures at every such centre would be an exercise in “futility and an eyewash.”
With the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country, the parents expressed concern and said that the students who will be taking the exam would be exposed to the virus. They pleaded the court to intervene and put a stay on the CBSE’s decision.
The petition also mentioned that since most number of the infected population could be asymptotic, students could become carriers of the virus themselves, and thereby infect others
“The said petition would also demonstrate the extent of discriminatory and arbitrariness conduct of the respondent/CBSE in issuing the notification for holding of the remaining examination and that too in the month of July, 2020 wherein as per the AIIMS data, the said COVID-19 pandemic would be at its peak,” the plea said.
It alleged that considering the gravity of COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE has cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its around 250 schools which are situated abroad and has adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the internal assessment marks.
A report by Live Law stated that parents cited data by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) which says that COVID-19 cases would peak in July.
The petition was filed by Delhi residents Col (Retd) Amit Bathla, Poonam Singla, Charu Singh and Sunitha through advocate Rishi Malhotra. It says that CBSE had earlier cancelled the examinations of Class 10 and 12 for its 250-odd schools which are situated abroad and has adopted criteria in awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or internal assessment marks.
It further mentions, “It is highly regretful that the respondents herein have no genuine concern about putting the lives at peril of all the students pan India and have no explanation whatsoever in insisting upon holding the said examination in India.” Malhotra also said that various educational institutes including Delhi University, IITs and various state Boards have cancelled the exam to protect the students from being exposed to the deadly virus and CBSE can also do the same.
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