By LE Desk

New Delhi, June 17, 2021: The Supreme Court will today hear a plea seeking the cancellation of Class 12th state board exams and on the decision on the academic assessment of students. 

Along with the plea to cancel state board Class 12 exams, another petition seeking directive with respect to the physical examination of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) exams will also be heard by the Supreme Court. 

The plea in the apex has sought directions to the state boards with respect to the cancellation of Class 12 exams and that the University Grants Commission (UGC) form a committee to prepare a uniform formula of assessment to award the students of the cancelled board exams who want to pursue non-professional courses, NDTV reported.

A division bench led by Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari will hear the matter.

As per reports, the plea has been filed by Advocate Anubha Srivastava Sahai and seven others on behalf of 47 students from 23 different states and two Union Territories and three different countries.

The plea seeking relief for cancelling the offline Class 12th exams and to find a uniform formula to assess the students of the cancelled board exams and declare the results has been filed by 47 Students from 23 states including from Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, two Union Territories (Chandigarh, Delhi) along with parents association, child rights activist, student union, teachers and doctors.

This is the third petition filed in the Supreme Court with respect to the cancellation of board exams. Earlier, the apex court heard two petitions – one for cancellation of CBSE, ICSE Class 12 board exams, and the other against it.

The bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, on June 3, had expressed satisfaction over the development that the central government cancelled the Class 12 board exams. The apex court had directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) to place on record the well-defined objective criteria for assessment of students in two weeks.

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