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CBSE tells SC to conduct optional class 12 board exams from Aug 15-Sept 15

By Saima Siddiqui 
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CBSE tells SC to conduct optional class 12 board exams from Aug 15-Sept 15

New Delhi: CBSE on Monday filed an affidavit in Supreme Court to seek permission for conducting optional Class 12 board examinations for students not satisfied with their assessment between August 15 and September 15, subject to the situation being conducive.

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In its affidavit, the board said the result, on the basis of its assessment policy, will be declared by July-end, after which it will provide online facility for registration for the optional examination for those students who are not satisfied with their results. It, however, further added that the examination will be conducted only in the main subjects and “the marks obtained by a candidate in this examination will be treated as final”.

It said policy for tabulation of marks for Class 12 board examination has been formulated by CBSE to ensure standardisation of marks, as marks of Class 11 and 12 component will be awarded at school level and, therefore, they will strictly not be comparable across schools.

“Therefore, to ensure standardisation, each school will have to internally moderate the marks to account for school level variations by using a reliable reference standard. This is necessary in the interest of fairness and to ensure that the marks allocated are comparable and there is no adverse impact or undue gain for any student,” the affidavit read.

As some parents opposed cancellation of the board examination and pleaded that it could be conducted in view of the Covid-19 pandemic being under control, a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said it would hear their plea also. The bench said it had, in principle, approved decision of CBSE and ICSE to cancel the examinations but it would hear the opposite views also and pass a final order.

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As various other petitions have also been filed in SC for cancellation of examinations conducted by state boards, the bench asked all states to make their stand clear on Tuesday when it will take up the case for final hearing. It said the issue needed to be adjudicated within a week to end uncertainty.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for petitioner, told the bench that there was no uniformity in the assessment policy of CBSE and ICSE and the court should intervene to ensure that the same policy was followed by all boards which did not want to conduct examination.

Assuring that the court will examine all the issues, including the plea for uniform assessment policy, the bench directed that all petitions filed in the apex court on board examination be listed on June 22 and it will hear the views of all the petitioners before passing a final order. CBSE said disputes regarding computation of results will be referred to a committee constituted by it.

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