Parents Submit Plea to the Supreme Court to cancel the CBSE 12th Exams 2020: A petition was lodged in the Supreme Court on Tuesday requesting that the pending CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 exams of the 2020 Board be conducted from 1 to 15 July.
The petition mentions that since the number of examination centers has increased from 3,000 to 15,000, ensuring safety measures at each of these centers would be a “futility and eyewash” exercise.
With an increasing number of coronavirus cases across the country, the parents expressed concern that the students who will be taking the test would be exposed to the virus. They pleaded with the court to intervene and to stay the decision of the CBSE.
The petition also stated that, since most of the infected population could be asymptotic, students could become carriers of the virus themselves and thus infect others.
That petition would also show the extent of the discriminatory and arbitrary behavior of the respondent / CBSE in issuing the notification for the holding of the remaining review and that, in July 2020 too, according to the AIIMS data, the said COVID-19 pandemic would be at its peak, the plea stated.
It claimed that, in the light of the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE had canceled the examinations of Class X and Class XII for its approximately 250 foreign schools and had adopted the award criteria on the basis of either practical examinations or internal assessment marks.
The Live Law report stated that the parents cited data from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) stating that COVID-19 cases would peak in July.
The petition was filed by the residents of Delhi, Col (Retd) Amit Bathla, Poonam Singla, Charu Singh and Sunitha, through Rishi Malhotra. It is argued that CBSE had previously canceled the examinations of Classes 10 and 12 for its 250-odd schools located abroad and had adopted criteria for the award of marks on the basis of either practical examinations carried out or internal assessment marks.
It also says It is deeply regrettable that the respondents here have no real concern about putting all the students across India at risk and have no explanation whatsoever for insisting on the said examination in India. Malhotra also said that various educational institutions, including Delhi University, IITs and various State Boards, have canceled the exam to protect students from being exposed to the deadly virus, and CBSE can do the same.
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