The Supreme Court refused to meddle with the assessment scheme proposed by both the CBSE and the CISCE for evaluating Class 12 students whose board examinations were cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court rejected the objections filed by a parents’ organization and pupils, stating that it is not possible to take a second-guess approach to certain components of the evaluation scheme.
The bench also took note of Attorney General K K Venugopal’s submission, made in his individual capacity as well as on behalf of the Centre, that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will issue directives to all colleges and universities requiring admissions to be made after the results of all the boards — the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE).
Now, coming to the issue raised by Mr. Vikas Singh, appearing for the Intervenors, argued that the scheme should require students to choose the option to improve at the outset, and that the results of internal assessment and the exam be declared concurrently.
The bench rejected the submission of senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing on behalf of the UP Parents Association, Lucknow, that the option for students to take external examinations as outlined in the CBSE scheme should be made available at the outset to both the school and the students, and the results should be announced together.
It stated, “We believe that tinkering with the scheme in any way, as proposed by the two boards, will result in the students being denied one option and the announcement of results being delayed indefinitely. There would be ambiguity until the improvisation examination was carried out and the results were announced. “
“We believe there is no reason for us to intervene in the CBSE or ICSE schemes.”Notably, another group of students, represented by different counsel, has unequivocally supported the scheme under consideration and opposes any interference with it.A special bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari issued the ruling. “More importantly, we believe that the stated schemes are fair and reasonable, take into account the interests of all students, and are in the wider public interest,” the bench said.