CBSE, ICSE students move Supreme Court, want term 1 exams to be held in hybrid mode
The students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) class 10th, 12th examinations have filed a petition in the Supreme Court. The students who filed the petition are against offline mode only for class 1 exam of class 10 and class 12 and want a direction to conduct the 1 exam in hybrid mode – a mix of both online and offline.
CISCE, which conducts the ICSE Class 10th and ISC Class 12th annual examinations, will begin the Term 1 exam from November 15, while the CBSE Term 1 exam will begin from November 16 with the exam for the minor paper.
“With examinations of major subjects spread over three weeks in December 2021, the petitioners are very apprehensive about the risk of infection and impact on subsequent examinations. There are examinations of minor subjects in physical mode in November 2021 before the examination of major subjects in December 2021, raising the possibility of turning the examination of major subjects into a super spreader event,” the petition said.
The petition, filed by the six students through advocate Sumant Nukala, contended that constant exposure through offline examinations would “sharply” increase the risk of COVID infection and it is a Violation of the right to health.
“At any rate, such continuous exposure through offline examinations increases the risk of infection in COVID 19, which is arbitrary and infringing on the right to health,” the petition said.
The petition states that the option of online examination will facilitate social distancing and reduce the stress on logistical constraints.
The petitioners have also argued that taking the consent of the students for conducting the examination without giving a valid option is not correct and should not be so. “Many students have pointed out that consent is being obtained by resorting to misrepresentation and coercion,” the petition said.