In a turn of events, now it has been decided that the hearing on the plea that demanded cancellation of offline board exams 2022, shall be conducted on February 21, 2022. Students had asserted that it was unfair to conduct the exams offline when the entire curriculum was completed online. Advocate Anubha Shrivastava who has been at the forefront for this case from day 1 took to Twitter to announce this.
Check out her complete tweet in the space below:
What is the issue?
A few days back, a group of students led by Advocate Abubha Srivastava filed a petition questioning the intention of the secondary and senior-secondary education boards regarding the class 10th and 12th board exams. The students have alleged that the negligent behavior of the state boards and CBSE, ICSE, for not conducting the exams timely and not declaring the result on time is not acceptable. The students also sought an alternate assessment mode for the board exams. In another instance, the plea also highlighted that no compensatory time has been provided to candidates who wish to appear in improvement exams over their dissatisfaction over the internal assessment.
The question of COVID
The plea filed with the Supreme Court also questioned that at a time when the country is facing a pandemic and the younger population is the one who is more prone to infection. In that scenario, what is the hurry of conducting the physical exams? For this, the petitioner quoted the date sheet for Term 2 announced by CBSE that says the exams for class 10th and 12th shall be conducted from April 26, 2022.
The students have raised concerns over their physical and mental well-being with this kind of sloppy decision by the board. They have also highlighted that citing the third wave a lot of students have been infected due to which there has been a break in their overall education.
Concern on UG admissions
With this plea, the student’s body has also demanded that UGC makes an independent committee to declare a uniform date for all admission to the university for the class 12th students. They have asked the Supreme Court to consider all of these facts and then give a directive that provides equal space to the concerns put forth by the candidates.