CBSE Board Class 12 Exams 2021 News Updates: The Supreme Court (SC) heard the plea regarding Class 12 board exams today. The plea, filed by advocate Mamta Sharma, demands Class 12 board exams be cancelled. The SC on May 28 had adjourned the plea for May 31. Now, the hearing of the plea has been again adjourned till June 3.
The government will take a final decision within the next two days on whether to conduct class 12 board exams amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court was informed on Monday. Attorney General K K Venugopal told this to a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari which was hearing a plea seeking directions to cancel the class 12 exams of the CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in view of the current situation.
“No issue. You take the decision. You are entitled to it. If you are departing from the policy of last year, then you must give tangible reasons for it,” the bench told Venugopal.
The bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari had heard the plea on May 28 and had asked petitioner Mamta Sharma to serve the copy of the plea to the counsel representing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
“In view of the unprecedented health emergency and rising numbers of the COVID-19 cases in the country, the conduct of examination, either offline or online or blended in upcoming weeks is not possible and delay in the examination will cause irreparable loss to the students as time is the essence in taking admission in higher education courses in foreign universities,” the plea read.
The CBSE is likely to make a final decision on Class 12 board exams by June 1. Meanwhile, the CICSE board has asked its affiliated schools to submit an average of marks obtained by Class 12 students in Class 11 and during this session. While there is no clarity from the board whether the exercise hints at the possible cancellation of exams, schools have already started working to meet the June 7 deadline set by the board.