The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre and the CBSE to issue a fresh notification in connection with Class 12 exams, clarifying the option between internal assessment and exams later.
The observation from the top court after it was informed that the CBSE has decided to cancel the remaining board exams for Class 10 and Class 12.
A bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna asked the Centre to clarify the issue of taking the option between internal assessment and exams later.
“Clarify the date of results,” said the bench, noting that the CBSE will have to submit a fresh draft notification cancelling class 12 Board exams and affidavit on Friday morning before the top court continues to hear the matter again at 10.30 a.m.
The apex court also sought clarity on the beginning of the new academic year.
It told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that the CBSE is willing to conduct exams when the situation is conducive, but this may vary from state to state. “Will the decision be taken by a central authority or will the state government take the decision? How are you going to deal with that situation?”
Mehta replied that the decision must be taken according to the situation. To this, the bench said should not the solution be pan-India?
“You have not said when you will decide on this issue, and when you will take stock of these things. Some time frame will have to be given,” noted the bench.
Continuing its queries, the bench said: “What about state regional board exams… the CBSE does not hold all the exams. The state Board is also there.”
Mehta replied that the instructions from the controller of examinations are that exams are controlled centrally. “State boards assist the CBSE,” he replied.
The bench observed that the government should modify the draft notification and include the state board issue. “Clear the stand that decision will be taken at the central level and not at the state level… other courses will have to be delayed till CBSE exam results come out,” it said.
Mehta replied the assessment results will be published now, and if a student wants to opt to give the exam, then that will be conducted later. The top court asked Mehta to bring this on record and redraft the notification.