The Supreme Court informed CBSE on Friday of petitions tabled by Grade 10 and 12 students requesting the cancellation of departmental exams to be held for those who have failed or seek improvement in the subjects they have faced.
A three-judge bank, headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, issued the notice on the petitions submitted by students headed by Anika Samvedi. The court ordered CBSE to file its response by September 7th and opened the matter for a hearing on September 10th.
Almost 1.5 lakh students in grade 10 and around 87,000 students in grade 12 are expected to take these exams.
The petitioners had filed a proxy before the CBSE to cancel the exams, but it was denied on August 6th. New petitions have been filed against this August 6 ruling.
Advocate Roopesh Kumar, who appeared for CBSE on Friday, said the departmental exams are expected to be completed by the end of September and all necessary precautions will be taken. He said the board wants 1,278 exam centers this time, compared to 575 last year. Kumar also said that due to the pandemic, CBSE will be making arrangements to only accommodate 12 students in a single classroom this year.
The court ordered CBSE to put this on an affidavit before the next hearing