Cancel Board Exams 2021: Observing the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to give good reasons if they decide to go ahead with board exams.
On May 31, a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari heard a plea to cancel board exams 2021. The plea was for Class 12 CBSE and CISCE students.
In the court session, the bench asked the Centre representative, Attorney General KK Venugopal to brief the court about the decision taken by the government. The bench said the Centre is “entitled” to make decisions when it comes to board exams. However, it also added that they must “give tangible reasons” for their decision.
As a result, the Centre representative told the court that they will take a final decision within the next two days. The next Supreme Court hearing for the same is to be held on June 3.
Petition To Cancel Board Exams 2021
On May 28, the bench had previously heard a PIL filed by advocate Mamta Sharma to cancel board exams 2021 for students because of the pandemic. The petition mentioned that exams must be scrapped because the current situation is more dangerous compared to last year.
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— Mamta Sharma (@AdvMamtaSharma) May 30, 2021
The petition stated that a delay in examinations would cause “irreparable loss to the students”. It added that time is a crucial factor in taking admission for higher education courses in foreign institutions
Sharma also said that the court should direct authorities to come up with an objective methodology for the assessment of marks. Further, she said they should do this without holding physical examinations.
— Swakshyarjyoti (@swakshyarjyoti) May 31, 2021
Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari have already told the petitioner to remain optimistic. They said that some resolution might be there by the next hearing.
Class 12 students have also recently taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to call for the cancellation of exams. Cancel Board Exams 2021 was one of the top trending topics. Students along with activists tweeted about the COVID surge and its impacts on their academic life.