A group of parents has approached the Supreme Court against the CBSE decision to conduct the pending Class 10th and Class 12th exams from July 1 and urged the court to direct the Board to mark students on the basis of internal assessment in view of coronavirus pandemic.
Alleging that students will be exposed to the pandemic if they appear for the examination to be conducted at 15,000 exam centres, a group of parents pleaded to the court to intervene and stay the decision.
The petition, filed by advocate Rishi Malhotra, contended that many reputed educational institutions and Universities including IITs and Delhi University has decided not to conduct examination keeping in mind the safety of the students and CBSE should also be directed to not conduct the examination for the remaining subjects.
Petitioner mentioned that, this situation coupled with the fact that cases in India are rising dramatically and as on date there are almost 3,00,000 cases of COVID-19 patients.
Even if it is to be assumed that 50% of the cases are asymptomatic then, the said students appearing for these exams could also be potential careers themselves posing a great risk to the other family members and themselves”.
“Moreover, to assume that the students in the month of July where the temperature touches almost 45 degree C and humidity around with students wearing gloves and masks sitting in examination centres for 4 hours at stretch would be a task which would be completely hazardous to everyone”
He also stated that some state Boards including Chhattisgarh have also decided against holding any examination to protect students from being exposed to the deadly virus.