On Wednesday, 17th June 2020 the Supreme Court of India asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to assess the prevailing coronavirus pandemic situation. The SC has asked CBSE to take a decision on class 10th and class 12th examinations keeping in mind the situation. CBSE has been asked to come to a conclusion by June 23 for board exams.
Parents whose children are supposed to appear for CBSE board exams in July have reached SC. The parents are against CBSE’s decision to conduct offline exams and demands cancellation of exams. The parents proclaimed that if students will appear for the remaining CBSE exams their safety will be in danger.
A council constituting AM Khanwilkar, Sanjeev Khanna, and Dinesh Maheshwari realized the rising concern. The council has to examine the prevailing situation and the danger associated with it and revert back after a week. The solicitors have suggested terminating the upcoming exams and marking students on the basis of internal assessment.
Solicitors have criticized the CBSE’s decision and added CBSE wants to conduct remaining exams when the coronavirus pandemic will be at its peak. As per the reports of AIIMS, coronavirus cases in the month of July will boost and reach the mountains. The parents are therefore questioning CBSE’s decision to conduct exams.
The solicitors have exhorted CBSE through the petition filed in Supreme Court to abolish the decision to conduct exams. Petitioners have asked CBSE to take the average of internal marks and declare results on the basis of exams already administered.
On 25th May 2020, the HRD ministry announced that CBSE board exams of remaining subjects will be conducted in 15000 centers in the nation while 3000 centers were utilized earlier.
Ensuring safety, sanitization, and cleanliness as per the standards and guidelines if the government will be a challenge. Maintaining social distancing and sanitization over 15000 centers including rural sectors is going to be difficult. It involves a huge amount of risk and can be a danger for students. As per the petition filed in SC, the life of students and the future of the nation is being put on risk.
The petitioners added that around 50% of the coronavirus cases in India are exhibiting no symptoms. The students who will be appearing for the exams in July can be the probable risk. Therefore, the exams are likely to put students and their family members live at risk.
It further added that not all families can afford to send their kids for exams on private vehicles. They will have to hire cabs or use public transport which will further increase the risk of catching an infection.