Published: 24th June 2020
CBSE Class 12 Board exams: SC adjourns hearing on scrapping pending exams to June 25, ICSE waits for it
CBSE's decision will now affect the CISCE's pending board exams as well. They had informed the SC that it will base its decision to conduct pending examinations following the court’s verdict
Anxious students across the country will yet again have to wait for another day until the final decision on scrapping or keeping the remaining Central Board of Secondary Education Class 12 board examinations as the Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the case to Thursday, June 25. The Centre and the CBSE told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that they were holding discussions on whether to scrap the remaining exams of Class 12 from July 1-15 in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases is at an advanced stage and a decision is likely to be taken on June 24.
According to an NDTV report, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the CBSE, has said: "The decision-making process is at an advance stage and would be finalised by Thursday." The matter will now be heard on Thursday.
The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the parents of CBSE Class 12 students who asked for the cancellation of the remaining board exams instead of conducting them in July, in view of the Coronavirus situation in the country. The top court then had directed the central board to file a reply on this and had posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday, June 23. However, the education board had informed the SC bench that the discussion is at an advanced stage now and they need another day to come to a conclusion.
In April, the CBSE had notified about the remaining examinations stating it will be conducted for only 29 papers and the rest would be cancelled. The schedule for the remaining examinations was announced in May.
Meanwhile, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Tuesday also informed the SC that it will base its decision to conduct pending examinations following the court’s verdict on the CBSE board examinations. CISCE earlier in May had announced the exam dates to be conducted in July but also provided students with an option to not appear for the exam.