Class 12 outcomes: SC asks State Boards to notify in 10 days own schemes for internal assessment of final marks
Bench refuses to entertain a plea for a “uniform scheme” of assessment to be made relevant throughout Boards in the nation
The Supreme Court on Thursday directed State Boards to notify their respective schemes for internal assessment of the final marks of Class 12 college students inside the subsequent 10 days and ordered them to declare the outcomes by July 31.
A Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari refused to entertain a plea for a “uniform scheme” of assessment to be made relevant throughout Boards in the nation.
The court docket mentioned every Board, whether or not CBSE, ICSE or State Boards, was “autonomous and independent”. They might formulate their own schemes after session with specialists.
However, the Bench clarified that permitting Boards to kind their own impartial schemes didn’t preclude the court docket from judicially reviewing their correctness and validity when an event arouse.
By directing the State Boards to declare their outcomes earlier than July 31, the court docket ensured that college students throughout the nation get a stage enjoying area in school admissions and different alternatives for greater research. Earlier, the CBSE and the ICSE had agreed in the Supreme Court to announce the internal assessment outcomes of their Class 12 college students by July 31.
During the listening to, Justice Khanwilkar orally remarked that University Grants Commission ought to announce a deadline for admissions to immediate faculty Boards to declare Class 12 outcomes on time.
“There should not be any cause for uncertainty,” Justice Maheshwari famous.
Most States have cancelled their Class 12 exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assam knowledgeable the court docket on Thursday that it had cancelled its Class 12 exams and the assessment scheme was below formulation. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) additionally submitted that it had cancelled the exams for its college students.
The court docket has been, in each listening to, advising warning to States, saying youngsters shouldn’t be uncovered to the chance of contracting the an infection.
“We know how the second wave started and how quickly it panned out… Everything changed in a matter of 10 days… Now we don’t know how the third wave will unfold,” Justice Khanwilkar remarked on Thursday.
‘State is responsible for fatality’
Recently, the court docket had instructed Andhra Pradesh authorities, which insisted on braving the pandemic to conduct its Class 12 examination, that “the State will be held responsible even if there is one student fatality”.
The Union of India, whereas informing the court docket in regards to the CBSE’s choice to cancel its Class 12 exams, had pertinently requested “who is to blame if a student dies” in reply to insistent pleas made by some mother and father, who pointed to the decline in COVID-19 circumstances, to restore the exams.
“Suppose a number of students who attend written exams get the infection, suppose a student dies… Who is to blame? It is neither safe nor prudent to have written exams,” Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, for the Union, had countered.
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