CBSE Scraps Class X Exams, Assessment Option For Class XII Students
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that the remaining papers for the Class X board exams that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be cancelled.
Appearing for CBSE, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court that Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have conveyed their inability to conduct the examinations that were scheduled to be held from July 1.
As for the CBSE’s Class XII exams, the students will get the option to either appear for the pending papers as and when the conditions are conducive or take an assessment based on their performance in the past three exams, the Solicitor General told a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar.
The scheme for assessment based on the past three exams will be notified latest by Friday.
Earlier on Tuesday, CBSE had informed the apex court that the decision-making process on whether to conduct the pending exams from July 1-15 was in an advanced stage. Following this, the court deferred the hearing to Thursday, Hindustan Times reported.
Last week, SC had last week asked CBSE to consider scrapping the board exams for Classes X and XII in view of the growing cases of coronavirus infections in the country.
The court suggested this in response to a plea from a group of parents, who have asked for cancellation of the remaining board exams citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
In their plea, the parents said that conducting examinations at over 15,000 centres at this stage would unnecessarily expose children to the risk of contracting Covid-19. It also asked the board to allot marks to students for the remaining papers on the basis of their internal assessment and performance in practicals and examinations they took in March.