The two judge bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice CT RavikumarJustice AM Khanwilkar and Justice CT Ravikumar dismissed the petition from students, which demanded that the examinations for CBSE and CISCE Term 1 Board be conducted in an hybrid manner. The petitioners were seeking remedy for those students who wanted to give their examinations online, in the safety of their homes.
Advocate Sumanth Nookala, who had filed the plea on behalf of the petitioners, said that teh ensuing exams can be conducted in hybrid mode - offline as well as online. The plea claimed that the currnet system of offline examinations is premature and fraught with bad planning and lack of application of mind, which will further adversely prejudice the students.
The advocates representing the Boards said that while it is not possible to make the last minute changes, irrespective of this the petitioners concerns have been taken cared of. Now, only 12 students will be sitting in a class while it was 40 earlier. So social distancing is being observed, said the advocates representing the Board.
The Bench of the Supreme Court has however added that if there are any shortcomings, the centre will take care of that. The Supreme Court also passed strong remarks during the hearing and warned petitioners against last minute interruptions.
“Don't mess up with the education system. Let the authorities do their job well. It is too late now. This last minute business should be discouraged”.“Don't mess up with the education system. Let the authorities do their job well. It is too late now. This last minute business should be discouraged”.
It would be inappropriate to disturb the exams at this stage, the bench said, adding that the government has taken COVID precautionary measures to ensure safety of students. CBSE term 1 exams have already started and CISCE exams will begin next week.