- SC rejects petition by students of CBSE, ICSE for hybrid format of term exams
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected a petition by students seeking conducting of class 10 and 12 term exams of CBSE and ICSE boards in a hybrid manner.
Dismissing the petition, the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar observed that the term exams for CBSE had already commenced on November 16 while those of ICSE are scheduled to begin on November 22. It added that intervening now would disturb the entire exam process.
“As the exam has commenced on November 16, it will be inappropriate to intervene now and disturb the entire process. At this belated stage, the writ petition cannot be entertained. We hope and trust that all the precautions will be taken by teh authorities and Covid SOP will be adhered to,” the bench said.
Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, who appeared on behalf of the petitioners, submitted that they wanted the hybrid option as the Covid threat was not yet over.
Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of CBSE, said that adequate arrangements have been made to address concerns regarding Covid, including increasing of exam centres from 6,500 last year to 15,000 this time. This will allow more social distancing and also reduce travel time, he submitted. One centre will have just 12 students, instead of 40 earlier. Alongside, the exam duration will be just for 90 minutes instead of earlier three hours. He had pointed out that with nearly 34 lakh students taking the exam, it would be difficult to alter the mode at this time.
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