SC refuses to provide hybrid mode option for Class 10, 12 board exams
Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education or CBSE, ICSE Term 1 Board Exams 2022 have started for this academic year and are being held in offline mode. Today, on November 18, 2021, Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by students that seeked the conduct of 10th, 12th exams in hybrid mode. With this, the exams will be held as scheduled, following COVID-19 safety protocols.
CBSE, ICSE Term 1 Board Exams 2022 matter was being heard by a Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice CT Ravi Kumar. The Bench observed that this request was at the eleventh hour and hence, it could not be considered now. Both the sides presented their arguments following which this order was passed.
The Solicitor General, SG while presenting his arguments pointed out that all precautions had been taken for Board exams this time. Moreover, this time,the number of exam centres have been increased and there would be 12 students in one classroom in order to ensure that social distancing is maintained. The petition was earlier scheduled to be heard on November 15, 2021. However, due to some reasons, the Bench adjourned the hearing to today. It said that they would hear the matter with another case today.
The petition has been filed by a group of 6 students challenging the decision of CBSE and CISCE to hold 10th, 12th Board exams in offline mode. It specifically seeked the quashing of two circulars from both the boards. These are - CBSE's circular dated October 14, 2021 and CISCE's circular dated October 22, 2021. Both these notices have schedule for Term 1 exams and say that they will be held offline.
CBSE, ICSE Term 1 Board Exams 2022 have already started and are being held in offline mode. Even though the hearing got postponed and students started giving the exams, they were eagerly waiting to know Supreme Court's decision on this.