NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the Centre and CBSE to cancel the remaining Class X and XII examinations that could not be conducted due to the coronavirus pandemic and approved the Board’s scheme to award marks to students for the cancelled papers, based on their performance in previous exams held before the Covid situation worsened. The results will be out by July 15.
Hearing pleas seeking scrapping of exams for rising Covid-19 infections, a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna directed CBSE to issue the notification to implement its assessment scheme. It granted a week’s time to ICSE to make its scheme public after the Board contended that it is considering a formulation that is a bit different from CBSE.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and CBSE, told the bench that all students of Class XII will also be given an option to take the test later to improve their performance. Importantly, both Boards told the top court that the results of the Board exams will be declared by July 15. This will set into motion the process of university applications and also allow students to take up admissions in private colleges and in foreign universities.
After getting the nod from the court, CBSE notified the scheme according to which marks will be awarded on the basis of a student’s scores in the best performing subjects. The Board has divided candidates into three categories, based on the number of papers they have appeared for. “For students who have appeared in the examinations in more than three subjects, the average of marks obtained in the best three will be awarded in subjects whose examinations have not been conducted… For students who have appeared in only three subjects, average of marks obtained in the best two performing subjects will be considered,” CBSE Exam Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said.
“There are very few students of Class 12, mainly from Delhi, who have appeared in only one or two subjects. Their results will be declared based on performances in the appeared subjects and performance in internal, practical or project assessment,” he said. This category comprises mostly students with exam centres in areas affected by CAA-related riots in February in the capital.
Class XII candidates who are not satisfied with the marks awarded under this scheme will be allowed to take an improvement test which to be held when the situation is ‘conducive’. The marks in the improvement test will be treated as final, Bhardwaj said, adding, “A candidate can seek improvement chance in one or more subjects.”
On the schedule and registration dates for ‘improvement’ exams, he said: “CBSE cannot say when the exams are possible. The Board will be able to take a call on the dates only after a review of the prevailing situation is undertaken. No one knows when the situation will be conducive.”