“DIFFERENT ASSESSMENT SCHEMES FOR ALL THE STATES”, SAYS SUPREME COURT
Pranshi Ladha, INN/ Madhya Pradesh
When the cancellation of board exams for class 12th were announced, students and parents had a lot of questions- On what basis will the students be assessed now? What will be the measures to assess their presentation? Will the individuals who wish to take the assessment be allowed an opportunity? On 24th June, Thursday, the Apex Court heard a PIL filed by Advocate Anubha Sahai Shrivastava requesting cancellation of board state exams due to the expected third wave of COVID and uniform assessment rules for State Boards.
However the Supreme Court clarified that there can’t be a uniform plan for evaluation of class 12th results for all state boards across India and wouldn’t pass such a request saying every board is free and self-governing. Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari stated- “We won’t decide and direct the uniform plan. Each board is extraordinary. We can’t implement a uniform plan across India. Each board should advance their schemes. They are best people to know and they have specialists to exhort them effectively,”
The Top Court directed the states to inform the scheme for assessment within 10 days from today and proclaim the inward evaluation results by July 31, similar to the timetable determined by it for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).
“We direct the states to guarantee that the plan be formed at the most punctual and not later than 10 days from today and furthermore pronounce the inside evaluation results by July 31, 2021” the seat said in its request.
The Supreme Court also admonished and interrogated Andhra Pradesh Government over its choice to direct offline tests for Class XII “probably in the last week of July”, saying the state ought to have a choice and substantial arrangement and how it can play with the lives of students.
On the Andhra Pradesh government’s oath which expressed that Covid wellbeing protocols will be followed by guaranteeing that only 15-18 students will be there in a corridor, the Bench asked has it worked out the recipe how it will have around 35,000 spaces for the assessment? The Apex Court asked the promoter Mahfooz Nazki- “Straightforward Math shows you will require 34,634 spaces (for 15 students) or 28,864 spaces (for 18 students), do you have such countless rooms? You will require an equivalent no of invigilators?” It also warned the state that it will be its responsibility if any mishap takes place and that’s why the Supreme Court will not allow any offline assessment until it’s clear that the Andhra Pradesh government is taking all the precautionary measures to conduct offline examinations.