New Delhi, 12 November, 2021: A group of six Class 10th and 12th students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have filed a plea in the Supreme Court of India, seeking direction to conduct Term-1 examinations in hybrid mode, i.e., both online and offline.
This petition seeks to cancel the two circulars from CBSE and CISCE related to Class 10, 12 Term-1 exams. These circulars are – CBSE’s circular dated October 14, 2021 that has the schedule for Term-1 exams for Class 10 and 12, and CISCE’s circular dated October 22, 2021 that has the schedule for ISC and ICSE Semester-1 exams.
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CBSE, CISCE Hybrid Mode Exams: Reasons For The Petition
As CBSE will begin its exams for minor papers from November 16 while ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 Term-1 exams, conducted by the CISCE, will begin from November 15, students have been demanding to conduct these board exams in either online or hybrid mode on the following grounds:
- Offline exams can increase the risk of spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- Preceding the exams for major subjects in December 2021 are the exams for minor subjects in November 2021 in offline mode. This would aggravate the likelihood of turning the exams for major subjects into a super spreader event.
- It is a violation of the ‘Right to Health’.
- The online option will facilitate social distancing. This would decrease strain on transportation and other travelling challenges.
CBSE, CISCE Hybrid Mode Exams: Declaration of the Petitioners
The petitioners have declared that students must be given a valid choice and their consent to conduct exams must be taken. They also mentioned that many students have reported that consent is being secured by resorting to misrepresentation or coercion.
CBSE, CISCE Hybrid Mode Exams: Students Take To Twitter to Raise Concern
Due to this unrest, there are several posts on Twitter, wherein students have been raising their concerns regarding offline exams.
These students have been using hashtags like #MakeTerm1Online and #MakeTerm1Hybrid to voice out their demands. They have also claimed that if the exams are held offline, it would put their lives at risk and pointed out that after taking classes in the online mode, holding exams in the offline mode is meaningless.
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