A letter petition has been filed by 809 students across the country to CJI SA Bobde and other judges of the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct compartment exams .
The letter was filed by Sandeep Saurav, National General Secretary of the All India Students Association, on behalf of the 809 students.
The letter petition further avers that this decision of CBSE:
“exposes students/parents/teachers and staff to a lot of risk in view of exponential growth of the virus in the country.”
The letter petition states that after CBSE declared its results, 1,50,198 students from Class X and 87,651 students from Class XII were required to write compartment exams.
It also states that there while there is no update on the schedule of the compartment examination, most colleges have given examination deadlines.
The letter petition states that offline examination is not possible during the pandemic, as schools have been converted into quarantine centres.
“The decision of the CBSE is against the MHA Unlock III guideline dated 29.07.2020, which provides that the schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain closed.”
The statement of the Union Minister of Higher Education that there is no date fixed for reopening schools is also cited.
“How can the students be then expected to appear for compartment examination in the current situation? The students are not contending the importance of exams but are seeking the appropriate direction of this Hon’ble Court only in this pandemic situation,”reads the letter petition.
The applicants have prayed that the Court take suo motu cognisance of the matter and keep the decision of CBSE to conduct compartment exams in abeyance until the pandemic situation normalizes.