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Students Asks Supreme Court for Hybrid Mode Exams of CBSE and ICSE Term 1


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Students seek online mode option for term 1 exams of CBSE and ICSE amid third wave predictions.

A group of six students have moved the Supreme Court seeking an option of taking the upcoming board exams 2022 in hybrid mode. Currently, both national boards – CBSE and CISCE have decided to hold term 1 board exams in offline mode. While the CISCE had earlier given the option to students to take term 1 board exams in either offline or online mode, it later took a U-turn and said it would hold exams in offline mode only.

Now, a writ petition has been filed which seeks urgent directions from the apex court for both CBSE and CISCE on holding class 10 and 12 board exams in both online and online modes. Students demand that since there has been a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases again in the country, there should be an option of appearing for exams in online mode. The petition has been filed by Advocate Sumanth Nookala. This year both boards will hold class 10 and 12 exams twice. Both board exams will begin in November.

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The plea, filed by advocate Sumanth Nookala, said the ensuing exams be conducted in hybrid mode with an option to choose between offline and online examination. Consent assumes significance as exams directly relate to the mental health of the petitioners requiring a conducive and voluntary atmosphere to ensure a fair assessment.

It is common knowledge that the third wave of COVID pandemic is predicted, the plea said. It claimed that the proposed current system of offline examination is fraught with bad planning and lack of application of mind which will further adversely prejudice the students. Even if the respondents (boards and others) wanted to conduct the examinations on the said dates, it had sufficient time and resources to plan it carefully and consider the concerns raised in the present petition, it said.

This year both ISC and ICSE board exams will be held in two terms. Students will get their respective schools as exam centres. The final result will be formed based on term 1, term 2 exams as well as the internal assessment.

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