Decision on scrapping remaining Class XII exams likely on June 24: Centre, CBSE tell Supreme Court

Decision on scrapping remaining Class XII exams likely on June 24: Centre, CBSE tell Supreme Court

The Centre and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) told the Supreme Court on June 23 that discussion on whether to scrap the remaining exams of Class XII from July 1-15 in view of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases is at an advanced stage and a decision is likely to be taken on June 24.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar that the government and the board are aware of the anxiety of students, and authorities will take a decision on the issue soon.

Mehta requested the bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, to adjourn the matter for a day and said he would apprise the apex court about the decision taken by the authorities.

The bench, after hearing Mehta's submissions, adjourned the matter for June 25. The top court was hearing a plea, filed by some parents of the students appearing for the exam, seeking a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of exam already conducted and to calculate it on an average basis with internal assessment marks of remaining subjects.

The plea has also sought quashing of the May 18 notification of the CBSE by which the date sheet for remaining exams of Class XII was declared.

Meanwhile, the apex court also heard a separate plea on June 23 which has sought scrapping of the examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The counsel appearing for ICSE told the bench that they would broadly follow the government's decision regarding CBSE exams.

The bench, however, observed that the ICSE can take its own informed decision on the issue.

Mehta said that decision taken regarding the CBSE exam may not be binding on ICSE.

The top court has posted both the matters for hearing on June 25.