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After Andhra decision, Supreme Court disposes of plea seeking cancellation of Class 12 exams

Advocate Mamta Sharma had filed a plea in the Apex Court on behalf of students and parents where she contended that due to the unprecedented health emergency and surge in Covid-19 cases, it was not possible to conduct the examination.

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The final hearing on the matter pertaining to the cancellation of CBSE Class 12th examination took place in the Supreme Court on Friday before the bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari.

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, appeared for the State of Andhra Pradesh, and submitted, “I had a discussion with CM (Jagan Mohan Reddy) yesterday, I advised and they accepted we have decided to cancel the exam and we will follow the approach expressed by Court.”

To which, the bench replied that it appreciated the pragmatic stand taken by the state and wish you would have appeared earlier. The bench then reiterated the directions given on Thursday to all state boards that internal assessment results are declared on or before July 31 as directed to CBSE and ICSE.

“Accordingly, the petition’s disposed of since respective states have decided to cancel examination we don’t wish to examine any other issue in this writ petition or connected intervention application,” the bench said.

Advocate Mamta Sharma had filed a plea in the Apex Court on behalf of students and parents where she contended that due to the unprecedented health emergency and surge in Covid-19 cases, it was not possible to conduct the examination.

The petition also said that it was the duty of the state to take care of the health and safety of students and at the same time, not to hamper their higher education and career prospects. It said the Covid-19 situation was more severe this year in comparison and the respondents should adopt the same criteria of assessing the grading/marks of Class 12 students as last year.

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On June 1, the Ccentral government announced the cancellation of CBSE Board exams for Class 12. The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hours after the development, the Indian School Certificate board exams for Class 12 too were cancelled.

On June 19, CBSE came up with its evaluation formula for Class 12 results. This 30:30:40 formula gave 30% weightage to the students’ performances in Class 10 and Class 11 each, while 40% would be given to Class 12 performance.

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