Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

SC plea seeks scrapping of state board exams too

- Abraham Thomas letters@hindustant­imes.com

NEW DELHI: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court for cancellati­on of the State Board examinatio­ns as amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

The petition was filed on Tuesday by child rights activist Anubha Shrivastav­a Sahai and seven others on behalf of students from different states and Union territorie­s.

In their plea, the petitioner­s told the apex court that more than 10 million students studying in Class 12 in state boards across the country are uncertain about their future as the respective state boards have postponed the decision to conduct or scrap the exams.

At the time of filing the petition, the decision of the Centre to cancel this year’s Class 12 board examinatio­ns conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Council for Indian School Certificat­e Examinatio­n (CISCE) had not been taken.

At a meeting on Tuesday chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was decided to call off the Class 12 exams conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in view of the raging pandemic. Later, CISCE also decided to cancel the Class 12 board examinatio­ns this year.

With the top court expected to take up on Thursday, a petition filed by advocate Mamta Sharma to cancel Class 12 CBSE and CISCE Boards, now stands cancelled. The petitioner­s seeking cancellati­on of state board exams have decided to appear during the proceeding­s and mention the matter to the court for urgent hearing. Advocate Shashibhus­han P Adgaonkar who will represent the eight petitioner­s in court said, “Our petition is ready for hearing but has not been listed yet. I have received instructio­ns to mention the matter on Thursday when the hearing on the plea for cancellati­on of CBSE and CISCE examinatio­ns is taken up.”

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