A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court through Advocate Rishi Malhotra challenging the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) notification declaring the commencement of Board exams in July. The plea prays to Cancel CBSE exams to be held in July and the results of students to be declared on the basis of internal marks this year.
The petition has been filed by the guardians of students of XII class whose Board exams are scheduled in July, in line with the fresh schedule notified by the CBSE. In light of the growing concern over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the petitioners highlight that consistent with data by AIIMS, the pandemic would be at its peak in India. So, Cancel CBSE exams to be held in July.
At a time when India is nearing the 3,00,000 mark of total reported cases, it might be an enormous risk to carry Board exams albeit the amount of exam centres stands increased and therefore the authorities have assured that proper safety are going to be maintained, the plea states.
The petition also argues that a lot of professional institutes have cancelled their exams set to be held this year in light of the pandemic. during this regard, the petition states,
“…the University of Delhi has cancelled their first year and second year undergraduate examination by stating that an equivalent isn’t feasible during COVID-19 times. Similarly, even the premier institutes like IIT across the country has also cancelled all its exams including those of ultimate year students due to the said situation. The State of Maharashtra has also cancelled all University exams including their final year examinations.”
The petition also highlights the varied practical difficulties which will be posed should the exams be conducted as scheduled. These include difficulties that a student from containment zones will face so as to go away the world to attend the exam centre and unavailability of personal vehicles for all students to succeed in their exam centres.
On these grounds, among others, the petitioners have prayed that the exam notification be quashed which results be announced on the idea of the examinations already conducted after factoring within the internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects.
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