Supreme Court On CBSE Term 1 Board Exam 2021-22: Final Decision Announced - No Online Exams For 10th & 12th
Supreme Court Decision On CBSE & ICSE/ISC 10th & 12th Exam 2021-22: The final decision regarding ICSE/ISC CBSE Term 1 Xth & XIIth board exam 2021-22 has been announced by the Supreme Court of India on 18th November. There will be no online exams. The petition filed by a group of students to conduct CBSE 10th & 12th board exam 2021-22 online has been rejected by the apex court. A writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a hybrid mode of examination citing COVID-19 as the reason.
Supreme Court of India pointed that the tests began on November 16 and intervening at this time would cause disruption in the process. At this point, the writ petition will not be heard, and we hope that the exam administrators will take all necessary steps and will follow the COVID-19 SOP.
Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta has pointed out that all essential arrangements have been made by CBSE. The examination centers have been raised from 6,500 to 15,000 to ensure that students spend less time in travel and the social distancing norm should be followed. Now, only 12 students will sit in a class instead of 40. Besides that examination time has been reduced to 90 minutes from 3 hours.
CBSE Term 1 board exams 2021-22 will start from 16 November whereas ICSE board exams will start from 22 November. The exams will be conducted physically in examination centers. The petitioner wants the apex court to give directions to both CBSE & CISCE regarding the holding of 10th & 12th board exams in both online & offline modes. As per media reports, the petition filed by Advocate Sumanth Nookala pointed out that there has been a considerable increase in COVID-19 cases, across the country.
According to the petition, the COVID-19 Guidelines & Government Orders in place as of today indicate a policy of Blended Mode of education giving options to the students. For instance, clause D of the Circular issued by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi dated 29 October 2021 specifically provides so. In complete disregard of the D extant policy, respondents chose to conduct the offline mode of exams for all without any option for the online exam.
The plea also highlighted that exams for major subjects in December 2021 are spread over three weeks, placing the petitioners in great apprehension on the risk of infection and the impact on subsequent exams. Preceding the exams for major subjects in December 2021 are the exams for Minor subjects in November 2021 in physical mode, further aggravating the likelihood of turning the exams for Major subjects into a Super Spreader Event.
As per the plea, “At any rate, such continuous exposure through offline exams sharply increases the risk of infection to COVID-19 rendering the impugned action as arbitrary and in violation of Right to Health.”
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We have also provided many important resources for the preparation of the upcoming Term 1 CBSE 10th & 12th board exam 2021-22. Students of CBSE 10th & 12th can check these resources from the CBSE section of Jagran Josh and can plan their studies accordingly. Links to access some important articles are also given below