Supreme Court approves CBSE, ICSE's assessment scheme for Class 12 studentstext_fields
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions challenging CBSE and ICSE decision to cancel the examinations and approved the assessment scheme proposed by the boards to evaluate students.
The Supreme Court was hearing petitions seeking cancellation of physical examinations of class 12 held by various state boards, Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) Class 12 private, compartment, exams, HSC, and NIOS exams.
Maheshwari noted that there is no need to interfere with the scheme propounded by the CBSE and the ICSE and that it takes into account the concerns of all students.
It further noted that boards have taken a conscious decision at the highest level and they have also taken into consideration the larger public interest.
The bench said that if other boards have conducted exams, that doesn't necessarily mean that boards before it -- CBSE and ICSE -- are bound to do that.
"These Boards are independent Boards. They have taken decision to cancel exams which, according to them, is in larger public interest of the students," said the bench.
The top court dismissed all challenges to the assessment policies framed by the CBSE and the ICSE to evaluate class 12 students after the cancellation of exams.
The top court upheld the submissions of the Attorney General, representing the Centre, that the schemes have been formulated by expert body. The bench said that all aspects were taken into account and decision regarding formulation of scheme was taken with holistic approach, to ensure that no candidate is prejudiced.
"We will uphold the scheme as formulated by boards, which are independent boards and entitled to take decisions regarding exams to he conducted by them," it said.
The top court noted that it is not possible to accept the submission of the petitioner's counsel that since other institutions were able to conduct exam, then the CBSE and ICSE, can hold the exams too.