Highlights:

  • The petitioners sought directions to the CBSE and CISCE to issue a revised circular for organizing board examination in hybrid mode
  • The examination centres have been increased from 6500 to 15000 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The bench expressed that it “hopes and trusts” that authorities will take all the necessary precautions

The Supreme Court declined the petition that asked CBSE and CISCE to facilitate the option of a hybrid mode for students to appear in board examinations for classes 10 and 12.

The apex court remarked that term the board exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have already begun from November 16, whilst semester one of board examinations of the council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) is scheduled to start from November 22.

The court ruled, “It would not be appropriate to intervene and disturb the entire process.” A bench constituting Justice A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar was notified by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBSE, that all precautions have been implemented for holding the board exams offline mode owing to which the examination centers have been increased from 6500 to 15000.

The bench expressed that it “hopes and trusts” that authorities will take all precautions and measures to make sure that no one is exposed to anything untoward in the examination process. The top court was hearing a plea, lodged by six students who are appearing in the board examination.

The petitioners sought directions to the CBSE and CISCE to issue a revised circular for organizing the ensuing class 10 and 12 board examination in hybrid mode as an alternative of only offline mode in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sanjay Hegde, senior advocate who appeared for the petitioner stated to the bench that they are only requesting to provide options of hybrid mode to appear in the board examination. The advocate quoted experts warning saying that there is a possibility of the spread of the virus at a place of congregation.

Referring to the matter, the bench questioned Hegde, “Let us be very practical about it. The examination has already started. How can it be made online now?” “It is too late now. It cannot be rescheduled at this stage. Examinations have started,” the bench added.

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