New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday began its hearing a plea regarding the evaluation criteria adopted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The top court began its hearing at 2 pm and will be hearing petitions related to the cancellation of CBSE compartment exams, CBSE private exams, repeaters exams, and adoption of uniform criteria for state boards. Earlier on Monday, the court said that even though it has agreed with the evaluation scheme, it will hear the petitioners before suggesting any changes in it.Also Read - Maharashtra Crisis Live | SC To Hear Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs’ Plea Against Disqualification From Party Today
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04:45 pm: The Supreme Court has directed the state of Andhra Pradesh to file an affidavit within 2 days stating their final decision in respect of examination. The matter has been adjourned for Thursday (June 24). All other State boards will also file their affidavit in the meanwhile. Also Read - Maharashtra Crisis: Shinde Camp Moves SC Against Disqualification Notice, Matter Likely to be Heard Today | Key Points
04:42 pm: Supreme Court Tells Andhra Pradesh Govt On Holding Class 12 Exams, “If there is one fatality, we will make the state responsible”. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Anubha Sahai Srivastava seeking cancellation of state board exams.
04:40 pm: The State of Kerala has filed an affidavit stating that principled decision is to take examination already scheduled for class 11th. Counsel for Andhra Pradesh submits that appropriate decision will be taken by State and be brought on record by tomorrow.
04:35 pm: The Supreme Court bench also upheld the schemes for assessment formulated by the CBSE and ICSE, observing that they were decisions of experts in the field, on which there cannot be a “second guess” by the judiciary.
04:30 pm: The bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari dismissed a bunch of petitions which challenged the cancellation of exams observing that the decision was “well-informed” and was taken at the “highest level” to protect the welfare of over 20 lakh students.
04: 20 pm: Supreme Court dismisses petitions challenging the CBSE and ICSE decision to cancel examinations and also allows a go-ahead to the assessment scheme brought out by the Boards to evaluate the students’ examination pattern.
04:10 pm: The bench held that there is no reason to interfere with the schemes of CBSE and ICSE, as they were “fair and reasonable and takes into account the concerns of all students and are in the larger public interest”. The bench of justice did not appreciate the submissions made by a private school teacher Anshul Gupta, who was appearing as party-in-person, who wanted the examinations to be held.
04: 05 pm: Present scheme says an exam will be held where all such candidates can appear as private candidates and exams will be held from August 15 to September 15 and results will be at the earliest so that these students can pursue their career if so desired. In view of this, we hold that there is no need to interfere with the scheme propounded by CBSE and ICSE as there are other sets of students supporting this, and also cause we find the scheme is reasonable. It takes into account the concerns of all students. Both writ petitions are being disposed of, said Justice AM Khanwilkar.
04:00 pm: Objection was made for compartment, private and Patrachar students. The analogy of the proposed scheme cannot be applied to private, compartment, or patrachar students.
03:45 pm: If other Boards have conducted exams, doesn’t necessarily mean that Boards before us are bound to do that. These Boards are independent Boards. They have taken the decision to cancel exams which according to them is in the larger public interest of the students.
03:30 pm: CBSE Compartment exams can be held from August 15, subject to the conducive situation, Attorney General for India tells the Supreme Court.
02:50 pm: Supreme Court bench said to petitioner, “Students approached us saying the uncertainty is affecting their psychology. Then that was taken into account by authorities. Should we reverse that now and put lakhs of students under uncertainty? An examination is there. If you want to appear you can. If it should be made available is yet to be considered by us.”
We have made that clear earlier also, we are not willing to change that proposition. If other Boards are taking exams doesn’t mean CBSE also has to, it bench added.
02:47 pm: Answering petitioner in person Anshul Gupta’s question on how Class 12 exams for these students is a threat and not other exams, the Supreme Court bench said, “Each board is different. Logistical arrangements are to be provided. Board is conscious of this. The decision has been taken by the highest authorities and is a well-informed decision.”
02:45 pm: Hearing begins.
02:30 pm: A Division Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari will hear the matter shortly.