SC Directs State Boards to Declare Class 12 Results by 31st July

New Delhi, 25 June 2021 – The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the state boards to declare the internal assessment results of Class 12 by 31st July. This mandate was released after SC accepted the Class 12 result evaluation plan filed by CBSE and instructed to release the Class 12 results by 31st July 2021.

On Thursday evening (24th June 2021), the apex court clarified that each state board is free to formulate its own evaluation method and publish the final Class 12 results. Besides, the Court also highlighted that as different state boards have different evaluation methods, there cannot be a “fit-all” scheme to calculate the marks and publish the results of Class 12 students.

Class 12 State Board Result – Events

Earlier, Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai had filed a petition seeking cancellation of the Class 12 exam. The apex court, after hearing the petitioner’s plea, decided not to pass any directions regarding a uniform assessment scheme across the country for students whose board exams have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, after the recent hearing, the Court has now instructed all the state boards to formulate their own schemes to assess the results for canceled Class 12 examinations in 10 days, starting from Thursday (24 June). 

A vacation bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari ordered, “Each board is autonomous and different. Hence, the court cannot pass an order on scrapping the Class 12 examination. We have directed the boards to formulate schemes and notify in 10 days from today. Besides, they must also declare the internal assessment results by July 31, like the timeline specified for CBSE and ICSE.”

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Class 12 State Board Result – Uniform Scheme to Evaluate Students

1. The vacation bench noted that counsel appearing for the Haryana School Education Board had already submitted a petition, seeking a uniform formula for assessment.

During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing, the bench stated, “We have no difficulty in acceding to this submission. We make it clear that each board may formulate its own schemes. However, we are not endorsing the correctness and validity of the proposed scheme that will be formulated by the concerned board. That will be considered on its own merits, if and when the occasion arises.”

2. Regarding Class 12 result, the state of Assam has filed an affidavit. The apex court noted in that affidavit that the Assam board wishes to formulate an autonomous scheme to prepare the internal assessment of marks. 

To this, the bench stated, “That be done expeditiously. Moreover, the scheme must provide for a proper mechanism for redressal of dispute or grievance of the students after the declaration of results, as has been done in the case of CBSE and ICSE boards.”

Class 12 State Board Result – Other Updates

  • The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has also cancelled its board exams and is now in the process of formulating the scheme for assessment.
  • On 17th June 2021, the top court was informed that out of 28 states, 6 states have already conducted the board exams, and 18 states have cancelled them. However, four states – Assam, Punjab, Tripura, and Andhra Pradesh, did not cancel them.
  • As per the latest report, the four states of Assam, Punjab, Tripura, and Andhra Pradesh have now cancelled the Class 12 board examination. 
  • While Assam, Punjab, and Tripura agreed to declare the results by 31st July 2021 (as per SC’s directive), Andhra Pradesh State Education Minister, Audimulapu Suresh, announced that it will not be possible for the state to declare results by July 31.
  • The top court had rejected the objections raised by parents’ as well as students’ bodies and said that it is not possible to have a second guess approach regarding various aspects of the assessment scheme.

For more updates on state board results, keep an eye on Buddy4Study. 

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