Supreme Court today heard the petition challenging the decision of CBSE conducting the Compartment examination for students of classes X and XII.
The Supreme Court was informed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today that compartment exams would be conducted by the end of September.
Today the advocate for petitioner(s) informed the court about the difficulties to be faced by the students appearing in compartment examinations, stating that students who did not give main board examinations were promoted but compartment students have to take the examinations. Further the petitioner submitted that conduct of compartment examination in September will leave the students at a disadvantaged position as all the colleges and universities would have completed admission process by then.
Advocate Rupesh Kumar appearing for CBSE submitted that instead of approximately 500 centres till last year, 1278 centres were set up for taking examinations. Furthermore the seating plan of students appearing for examination has also been changed.
"We have taken a decision that in a class where 40 students could sit, now only 12 will sit. We are taking all precautions."
When the Bench comprised of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna asked about the examination dates, CBSE responded that they would conduct exams by September end. A notification to this effect will be released by today, Kumar said.
The Court directed CBSE to file affidavit providing all the details regarding conducting these examinations by September 7, list the case for further hearing on September 10.
The petitioner argued that it was not clear why CBSE cannot cancel the compartment exams when the main board examinations were cancelled in March due to COVID-19.
"The students will ultimately come in the category of failed students, since exams will not be able to be conducted by September and the students will not be able to apply for further studies."
The plea has been filed on behalf of around 2,40,000 students, 1,50,198 students from Class X and 87,651 students from Class XII, who were placed in the compartment category
A similar plea filed by the same petitioner was dismissed on August 20, by the bench headed by Justice Khanwilkar with a direction:
"A substantive petition needs to be filed to assail the August 6 CBSE representation. The CBSE has already given its reasons. You please file the Notification. We'll give you the liberty to do so"
Accordingly, the Petitioners filed the present petition, challenging the CBSE notifications.
The petition urges the court to give directions to CBSE to draw up a plan to ensure that neither the students are forced to appear in the compartment examination at the peak of COVID 19 nor the students are forced to waste the whole year on the due to compartment.
It is argued that this decision infringes the Right to Equality, as other CBSE students were exempted from attending board examinations.