New Delhi, Nov 18: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday refused to make changes in term one board exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
The apex court scrapped a plea filed by the group of students seeking directions to conduct term exams for Class 10 and 12 for the CBSE and ICSE boards via hybrid mode, rather than physical.
The petitioners had argued that offline exams put them at the risk of COVID-19 infection.
A bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and C.T. Ravikumar told petitioners “Don’t mess up with the education system. Let the authorities continue their work”.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, assured the top court that Covid concerns have been taken care of and all necessary precautions have been put in place, to conduct the exams.
He said “Earlier 40 students were sitting in a class, but now only 12 students will be sitting in a class so that they can obey social distancing. Number of exam centres has also been increased to 15,000”.
However, the Supreme Court said that if there are any flaws in following Covid19 protocols during examinations then they should be immediately remedied by the authorities.
Worth mentioning, CBSE term 1 exams have already started and CISCE exams will begin next week.