Such Petitions Only Confuse Students, Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Against Offline Board Exams 2022 | Key Points

Cancel Board Exams 2022 Latest News Update: "Such kind of petitions are being filed? How can you keep on filing such petitions? They give false hope to students", Justice Khanwilkar said. 

Updated: February 23, 2022 2:54 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Surabhi Shaurya

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New Delhi: In a big setback for students, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed students’ plea demanding cancellation of offline physical examinations to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE),  National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and other state boards. While hearing the plea filed by child rights activist Anubha Srivastava Sahai, the apex court said that such petitions only confuse the students. “Such kind of petitions are being filed? How can you keep on filing such petitions? They give false hope to students”, Justice Khanwilkar said.

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Here’s What Transpired In The Court

  • We will not issue any directions. There are rules regulations in place and authorities are working: Supreme Court.
  • Reprimanding the petitioners, Justice Khanwilkar said before the process is complete you want judicial order. “You have to approach the authorities. Entertaining such petitions only creates confusion”, he stated.
  • Classes have not been held properly and there have been elections: senior counsel Padmanabhan, representing the petitioners said.
  • This plea is Premature. Authorities are yet to decide the rules and dates. If the decision is not in consonance with rules then it is open to challenge, observed by the court.
  • Who are you and we to decide the states? We will dismiss the petition with COSTS, the court said.
  • This has to stop. Don’t come up again or there will be exemplary costs. Let students & authorities do their job, the court came down heavily on the petitioner.

What Students Were Demanding

  • Directions to the CBSE/CISCE/NIOS and state boards to pass a notification regarding alternate mode of assessment of students instead of offline exams
  • Pass direction to conduct an improvement exam for those who are not satisfied with internal assessment
  • Constitute a committee to decide the formula of assessment of students, including compartment students, and declare the result within a time limit and deadline.

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Published Date: February 23, 2022 2:24 PM IST

Updated Date: February 23, 2022 2:54 PM IST