The case in hand is Amit Bathla & Ors vs CBSE. The petitioner filed a PIL in the Supreme Court. It challenges the Central Board of Secondary Education. It seeks directions to cancel the remainder of the Class 12 CBSE Board Exams that CBSE is to conduct from 1 July.
Brief Facts of the Case
CBSE made the decision to conduct the remaining examinations from July 1 to July 15. The Plea urged the Court to cancel the examinations. Also, to the declare of results based on the internal assessment marks of students.
Advocate Rishi Malhotra represented the petitioner side. The parents of students who are to appear for their Class 12 Boards have filed the petition. The petitioners highlight the data released by AIIMS. It describes that COVID-19 would be at its peak in India during July. Hence, this decision made by CBSE puts more than 25 lakh students in danger.
As of now, India is has crossed the 3,00,000 mark of the total reported cases. Holding exams in the current scenario is a huge risk. In light of the situation, CBSE has increased the number of exam centres and has promised to maintain proper safety. Yet it would still amount to jeopardizing students’ safety.
Schools in 25 other foreign countries follow the CBSE curriculum. It is noteworthy that the CBSE has cancelled remaining examinations in these countries. As a result, it will award these students marks according to internal examinations. However, by not following the same norms in India, CBSE is violating Article 14 of the Constitution.
The petition also points out that many professional institutes have cancelled their exams. These include IITs, Delhi University and many other prestigious institutions. They were convinced that conducting examinations is not feasible during the current pandemic.
The petitioner also urged the Court to consider the hopes and dreams of these students. Due to their results being delayed because of this decision, they will be unable to apply to universities across India and worldwide to pursue their undergraduate qualifications.
On these grounds, the petitioners have prayed for the cancellation of remaining exams. In addition to this, they asked for the declaration of results based on internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects. The Supreme Court is yet to make a decision on the matter.
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