In a fresh development to the ongoing Class 12 board exams saga, a group of about 1152 students have now gone to the Supreme Court, asking the court to instruct the CBSE to not conduct private and compartment exams in physical mode. They want to be treated on par with regular students and get evaluated for the Class 12 board exam according to the formula decided by CBSE.
A committee formed by the CBSE had on Thursday submitted a 40:30:30 formula to decide the results of Class 12 board exams after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the cancellation of physical board exams earlier this month.
According to the petitioners, the current COVID-19 situation in the country makes it difficult to say when we will have a “conducive environment necessary for the conduct of physical mode examinations.” They further add that the delay in the conduct of examinations will deny them the fundamental right to education and affect their chances of getting admission to colleges/ universities.
The petition to the top court filed through lawyer Abhishek Choudhary, says that physical exams for private, repeaters and compartment candidates would put at risk the lives of lakhs of such students. The ‘right to life and health’ guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian constitution would be violated if students are forced to appear for the physical mode of exams, they added.
The group of students ask for their Class 12 results to be derived on the basis of a ‘performance evaluation formula’ similar to the one announced by CBSE a few days back.
The application has been filed by the students in an ongoing case related to the board exams of CBSE. The Supreme Court has already accepted the formula proposed by the CBSE committee to evaluate regular Class 12 students on the basis of marks obtained in Class 10,11 and 12. The plea by the group of 1152 students can be taken up by the SC on Monday.