Supreme Court dismisses plea on hybrid mode option for examinations

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 18

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition directing CBSE and CISCE to provide an option of hybrid mode instead of offline mode alone for class 10 and 12 board exams.

Don’t play with the system: Bench

Don’t mess with the education system. Let the officers continue their work.

A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said such a direction at this stage would not be appropriate and would hamper the ongoing process.

The term one board examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has begun from November 16, while the semester one board examination of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) was scheduled to begin from November 22.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing CBSE, told the bench that all precautions were taken to conduct the board examinations in offline mode and the examination centers were increased from 6,500 to 15,000.

The bench said it “expects and believes” that the authorities will take all precautions and measures to ensure that no one is exposed to any untoward incident in the examination process.

Six students, who appeared in the board examinations, had moved the apex court seeking a direction to CBSE and CISCE to issue a revised circular for conducting board exams in hybrid mode in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The petition claimed, “The offline examination was “full of poor planning”.