Board Exams 2022: SC agrees to list plea against holding offline exams for Class 10, 12

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to include the plea for the cancellation of offline exams for grades 10 and 12, which are scheduled to take place in the coming months by CBSE, ICSE, NIOS and several other such education boards. in states this year.

This plea was mentioned before the Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana by lawyer Prashant Padmanabhan. It will now be listed for a bank headed by Judge AM Khanwilka. “This is about the exams of class 10 and 12 of the Council. Physical examination should not be held because of the pandemic,” said lawyer Prashant Padmanabhan. “Let the case go before a bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar,” the bench said.

The plea was submitted by Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, an advocate and children’s rights activist, along with the Student Union of Odisha-NYCS as the second petitioner. Thousands of students gathered to sign Google forms regarding their protest, and the petitioners randomly selected two students from each state from that data, spoke to them by phone and added their names to the plea.

“Our main priority this year is to completely abolish physical board exams. We want the Supreme Court to instruct the boards to conduct internal assessments for students,” Anubha Shrivastava Sahai told She says the motive behind this is to ensure that students do not have to endure additional mental stress, as they have already suffered “mentally, physically and financially as a result of Covid-19” for the past two years.

A 12th grade student agreed with the petitioners. “It’s been a rollercoaster ride, and that was a bad one too. Board exams are already so stressful for us, and this tension about the results and the format of the exam just makes it worse for us,” the class 12 student from Delhi, who did not want to be named, told .

Submitters and students hope that if the physical exams cannot be fully converted to internal assessment, the examination boards should at least change this to objective questions, rather than a fully subjective question-based exam. For the past period and a few other exams, the questionnaires were largely based on MCQ/objective. So students have lost the habit and habit of writing, claimed Shrivastava Sahai. With the term I board exams (and some other exams too) being taken offline with subjective questions, submitters and students will find it unfair and their mental pressure will increase.

“I am now writing down all my notes, rather than typing them out, because I had completely lost the habit of writing over the past few years. Now, more than reviewing for my board exams, I’m doing writing exercises instead. So it’s unfair to us, and sounds very silly to me. CBSE should prioritize instead of sticking to the old thought process,” another grade 12 student from Chandigarh told

With this plea, Shrivastava Sahai also urges CBSE and all other boards to focus on announcing results without delay. “If CBSE and other boards continue to delay results in this way, it could cause huge problems for students, as they could miss university deadlines, or their admission to higher studies could be delayed, also leading to further delay in the other future. admissions,” she said.

She also added that as far as she understands, CBSE for the term 1 board result will now wait for the matter to be clarified in the Supreme Court.

Sajal Jain
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