Over 300 students of class 12 have sent a letter petition to the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana to cancel the decision of holding physical exams for the Central Board of Secondary Exam (CBSE) Class 12 board exams this year, as per reports by news agency ANI. The students have asked Supreme Court (SC) to direct govt to provide an alternative assessment scheme for them.
The CBSE is expected to hold class 12 board exams from July 15 to August 26. These are proposed dates and final dates will be announced after a review meeting on June 1. Previously, the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had asked states to suggest ideas regarding the process to hold board exams this year by May 25. “I have requested the State Governments to send me their detailed suggestions by 25th May," the education minister said after the meeting.
Students had parents had been demanding either assessment based on past performance or online exams, however, the government is more likely to hold exams in online mode. Among two options proposed by CBSE, majority of states have decided to hold exams as per option B which means having shorter duration papers.
Further, several state boards are also opting unique ways. The Gujarat board for instance has decided to hold written exams for the class 12 board exams from July which will have half of the exam in multiple-choice questions. The Chhattisgarh board has decided to conduct the exams in an open book mode from June 1 to June 5 and has released the exam schedule as well. Students will be able to take the class 12 exams while sitting at home. They will be provided with question papers and answer sheets from their respective centers. Once they received the question papers, they will have to submit their answer sheets within five days.