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Supreme Court refuses to cancel board examination for Classes 10, 12 in physical mode, warns petitioner of exemplary costs on repetition of such PILs

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on a petitioner, who sought conducting of Board examination for classes 10th and 12th through online mode.

A Bench comprising Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice C.T. Ravikumar warned the petitioner for coming up with an ill-conceived and premature PIL, which created confusion among lakhs of students through such PILs.

The court warns of exemplary costs if such action is repeated and quashed a petition seeking cancellation of Class 10 and Class 12 offline exams, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and other state boards.

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This cannot become the norm. Such petitions give false hope to students. They will be misled by such petitions,” the Supreme Court added.

The Supreme Court also refused to entertain the petition that sought alternate mode of assessment.

Authorities are already working on finalising dates and other arrangements, the Supreme Court noted, adding that if there is any problem once those are finalised then the aggrieved parties can approach the authorities.

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A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar on Tuesday ordered that an advance copy of the petition be served to the standing counsel for the CBSE and other respondents concerned. The counsel, appearing for petitioner Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, mentioned the matter and requested the bench to list it for urgent hearing.

The plea has sought directions to the CBSE and other education boards, which have proposed to hold board examinations for classes 10 and 12 in offline mode, for devising other modes of assessment

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