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Devise objective criteria for Class 12 students’ assessment in two weeks: SC

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New Delhi, June 3 (MNN) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBSE and the ICSE to come up within two weeks an objective criteria for assessment of students of Class 12, whose examinations this year stood cancelled.

The court was hearing a plea by lawyer Mamata Sharma who sought cancellation of Class XII exams.

A Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari said that they expected that both the boards would come up with an ‘objective criteria’.

The court also asked the petitioner to wait for some more time and not be impatient even as she took up the matter of students of state boards too.

The apex court adjourned the case by two weeks.

On June 1, the Indian government had announced that the CBSE examinations for Class 12 students across the country stood cancelled.

“The government of India has decided to cancel the Class XII CBSE board exams. After extensive consultations, we have taken a decision that is student-friendly, one that safeguards the health as well as future of our youth,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted after chairing a meeting held here on the issue.

On May 31, the Indian government had informed the Supreme Court that a decision on the Class 12 exams would be taken in the next two days.

The Indian government also said that it was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by the CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.

The government said that during Tuesday’s meeting, CBSE officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far on the examinations as also the views received from all stakeholders, including various state governments.

“In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII board exams will not be held this year.

“It was also decided that the CBSE will take steps to compile the results of Class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner,” the government said.

Various options for the conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the states and Union Territories.

Later, the ICSE and the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Uttarakhand also decided to cancel their Class 12 exams conducted by their respective state education boards.

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