Disappointed with the decision to conduct the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) 12th examination, students wrote to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana.
On the 25th of May, approximately 300 CBSE students of class 12th sent a letter petition against the offline conduct of the board exams. In the letter, the students asked the CJI to quash the CBSE offline examination fearing the second wave of the Wuhan virus pandemic. The letter read, “In an event, the students are forced to appear in the examination who is going to take the responsibility in case the examination centre proves to be hotspots’ The Government and the CBSE might want to consider if they will take responsibility of the students in case they are infected with the deadly virus. (sic.)”
The students also demanded an alternative online assessment scheme, if the Government of India and the Union Education Department is planning to conduct the 12th board examination 2021.
The petition of the students came days after the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced the conduct of the 12th examination in July. In regard to this, the Union Government held a high level meeting, chaired by the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the 23rd of May, Sunday. The high level meeting was attended by the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Union Minister of Women and Child Smriti Zubin Irani, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. In addition, education ministers, education secretaries and chairpersons of the State Examination Board of all states were also present during the meeting.
As an outcome of the meeting, respective state and UT governments submitted a detailed report of their suggestions regarding the conduct of the exams. The last date to submit the same was the 25th of May. Considering the suggestion and other matters, the Government of India is going to hold another high level meeting on the 1st of June. After the meeting, the Indian Education Minister would take a final decision regarding the CBSE class 12th examination 2021.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court and the CJI N.V. Ramana is yet to respond to the letter (petition) filed by the CBSE students.
Stay tuned for further updates.