2-Day Decision Center for 12 Board Examinations: Attorney General tells High Court

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New Delhi: The government will make its final decision in the next two days on whether to test for Class 12 board tests in the case of COVID-19, the High Court was told on Monday. of last year, when the remaining board tests were canceled due to the epidemic, it must provide “valid reasons” for it. “No problem. You make the decision. You hold power to make that decision. But, if you leave last year’s policy, you will have to give good reasons for that,” the bench told Mr. Venugopal.

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Recognizing that last year’s decision was made after negotiations, the high court said, “If you are moving away from that policy, please give us good reasons so that we can consider it.”

The bench was listening to a request to cancel Class 12 examinations for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian School Certificate Examination Council (CISCE) amid the disease.

On June 26, 2020, the high court approved the CBSE and CISCE schemes to cancel the remaining board exams scheduled from July 1 to 15 last year due to the COVID-19 epidemic. In addition, it approved their tester’s test formula.

During the video conference hearing on Monday, the Attorney General told the bench, “The government will take a final decision in the next two days. We hope your administration will give us until Thursday (June 3) so that we can come back with a final decision.”

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Mr. Venugopal said the board tests for some papers were completed last year before the national COVID-19 study was conducted in March 2020.

“We do not want to get into nitty-gritty right now. You are making a decision. The applicant has expressed hope that the policy adopted last year may also be adopted this year. If you go from there, there must be compelling reasons for it,” the bench said. In this regard, Venugopal said, “We will keep this in mind what you say (bench).”

The bench said, “We have no problem. You are the person who decides what is true when you look at the situation we are in.” During the hearing, the applicant Mamta Sharma raised the difficulties that students, who wish to study abroad after class 12, can face if the results are delayed. “Let them make a decision. In that regard, we will see. We will consider this on Thursday when the main decision will be made,” the bench said.

“Write on Thursday (June 3) as requested by the attorney general as the competent authority examines all aspects of the matter and is likely to take a legal decision to be put before the court,” the bench said.

On May 28, the Supreme Court said it would hear on May 31 an application, which also sought guidelines to devise a “purposeful way” to announce the results of Class 12 at some point.

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The high court allowed the applicant to provide a copy of the application from the respondent’s attorney – the central agency, CBSE, ICSE – and the Attorney General’s office.
The application dressed the institution, CBSE, and CISCE as respondents in this regard. Accordingly, on April 14, declared the cancellation of the Grade 10 exams and the postponement of the Class 12 exams due to an increase in coronavirus cases.

The Department of Education had recently sought detailed proposals from provinces and unions until May 25 on the proposals discussed at a high-level meeting on the matter. As a result, CBSE recommended that the tests be conducted between July 15 and August 26 and the product be announced in September.

The board also suggested two options: conducting standard tests for 19 major subjects at recognized institutions or conducting short tests at schools where students are enrolled.
An application to the Supreme Court has argued that due to the health crisis and the progress in COVID-19 cases in the nation, it is impossible to conduct tests. Further delays could result in irreversible losses on students’ future.

“Due to the unprecedented medical emergency and the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, testing (either offline/offline/integrated) in the coming weeks is not possible, and delays in testing will result in irreversible losses on students as time is the basis for academic admission. Higher education abroad, “the application said.

It also sought to set aside notices issued in recent months by the CBSE and CISCE, only about sections dealing with the postponement of Class 12 exams.

The petition stated that it is the government’s primary responsibility to take care of the well-being and safety of students and, at the equivalent time, not compromise their higher education and job opportunities.

It said the situation of COVID-19 is much more complex than last year, and respondents should use the same method to assess the grades/marks of Class 12 students as was done in the previous year.

The High Court may exercise its full powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to direct respondents to use the same procedure adopted by Grade 10 to announce the result and cancel the Class 12 examination.

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