On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed public interest litigation seeking the cancellation of offline exams for Classes 10 and 12 to be conducted by all state boards, ICSE, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), and CBSE.
This petition was dismissed by the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari, and CT Ravikumar, observing that it was “ill-advised and premature” and that it created “confusion” and “false hopes” for the students who were preparing.
The bench said this plea seeking relief was ill-conceived and said that the aggrieved students could challenge the decision of the authorities regarding exams if they do not agree with the given decisions.
If the decisions of the authorities are not by the rules and the Act, it will be open to aggrieved persons to set a challenge in that regard, “the bench added in the order.
The PIL filed by an advocate named Anubha Shrivastava Sahai gave directions to all education boards to hold offline examinations for both classes regarding alternate assessments for board exams.
The counsel then submitted that first term examinations have been conducted by CBSE in offline mode for December in MCQ mode, but the results haven’t been published yet.
As Justice Khanwilkar said, these kinds of petitions will mislead the students for the last three days as we have seen news regarding examinations on every news channel. The publication of these petitions must be halted because it will confuse.
You can not file a plea like this. Don’t come up again or there will be exemplary costs. Let students do their job and let the authorities do their job, Justice Khanwilkar added.