Twitter is witnessing a surge in tweets and comments (more than 350K mentions) of a particular hashtag i.e., #ModijiHelpBoardStudents2022. From the name itself, the hashtag represents students’ incessant demands for cancellation of physical board exams. There are two counter-proposals for physical exams – 1. Online board exams and 2. Alternate evaluation criteria. Against this background, a petition was filed in the Supreme court. The hearing for which is scheduled to commence today, February 23, 2022, at 2:00 pm. So, till the apex court announces its verdict, students have decided to bombard the microblogging website with their demand.
#ModijiHelpBoardStudents2022 reaches 350K tweets
Last year, after chairing a crucial meeting with experts and government members, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the alternative assessment criteria for evaluating Class 10 and 12 students. This decision tested the patience and anticipation of candidates, amid confusion about the mode of board exams (offline or online).
This year, several major education boards including CBSE and CISCE decided on conducting offline board exams. So, concerned with the Omicron variant, students and parents are approaching the Prime Minister.
Online learning but offline exams
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutes across the country were forced to shut down. To continue lectures without any disruption, schools were forced to transition to online mode. After two years, schools are still functioning in a hybrid fashion. Due to such constant back-and-forth, students are questioning the decision of offline board exams.
Online education has its limitations which are reflected in the quality of lectures and study material. These factors are bound to affect the performance in board exams. Reiterating these concerns, students are protesting on Twitter and have filed a petition in court.
Hearing in SC to begin at 2:00 pm
Representing the concerns of students, Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, a lawyer, child rights activist, and the President of the India Wide Parents Association has filed a petition in court. In fact, she is the key petitioner demanding for cancellation of physical board exams 2022. She, in turn, proposes that offline exam/alternate criteria must be used to create a final merit list.
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In simple terms, today’s SC hearing aims to decide one thing – whether or not the upcoming board exams 2022 be conducted in the offline mode. The court hearing will commence at 2:00 pm today in front of the bench comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar, as updated by the petitioner Advocate Shrivastava.
According to medial portals, Advocate Prashant Padhmanabhan will be representing the petitioners while Adv Rupesh Kumar will be speaking on behalf of CBSE.