CBSE Likely To Inform SC On Tuesday About Pending Class 10 & 12 Board Exams

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to inform the Supreme Court on Tuesday about its decision on conducting the pending class 10 and 12 Board exams, which had to be postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a PTI report, the Board last week told the court about taking a decision “very shortly” following a plea by a group of parents seeking the notification for conducting remaining class 10 and 12 exams from July 1 to 15 to be quashed.

They further demanded that the students should be awarded marks based on an internal assessment or in line with marks allotted for practical exams. They cited similar measures being adopted by CBSE for 250 schools situated abroad.

A similar request has been made by the Maharashtra, Delhi and Odisha governments to the HRD Ministry. “The decision will be informed to the court on Tuesday and an official notification will accordingly be issued as per directions of the top court,” a senior CBSE official told sources.

The parents mentioned in the plea that students could be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they appear for exams amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

The CBSE had decided to reschedule pending Board exams from July 1-15 to ensure that they are completed before the competitive examinations. While the engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains is scheduled from July 18-23, the medical entrance exam NEET is to be held on July 26.

A decision on the two entrance exams will be taken in accordance with the decision on Board exams, an official said.

The CICSE board has already announced that class 10 and 12 students may choose not to appear for pending Board exams and be marked as per their performance in pre-Board exams or internal assessment.

The Board had submitted the proposal before the Bombay High Court last week in response to a petition filed by a parent seeking directions to the authorities to cancel exams in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases.

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