SC Dismisses Pleas Against Cancellation Of CBSE/ICSE Class 12 Exams

New Delhi: Dismissing a plea challenging the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) to cancel board examinations for class 12, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will not interfere with the decisions taken by the boards.

A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari also dismissed all challenges mounted to the assessment policies framed by the CBSE and ICSE to compute marks for class 12 students in view of cancellation of exams.

“We hold that there is no need to interfere with the scheme propounded by CBSE and ICSE. It takes into account concerns of all students,” the Court said.

“Board has taken a conscious decision at the highest level and taken on larger public interest. We are not going to sit in judgment over it,” the Court said.

“In our opinion, it is not possible to accept the submission by Mr. Anshul Gupta that since other institutions are able to conduct exam it does not mean the boards can hold the exam. Boards have decided to cancel the exam in the larger public interest. The policy adopted by CBSE was adopted by an expert body of 13 experts,” the Court noted.

The appex Court also upheld the schemes for assessment formulated by the CBSE and ICSE, observing that they were decisions of experts in the filed, on which there cannot be a “second guess” by the judiciary.

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