The Supreme Court on 24th June 2021 , heard the plea regarding the conduct of Class 12 State Board examination. The Court further refused to allow the Andhra Pradesh Government to conduct class XII examination unless and until the State Government could assure the Supreme Court ofthe safety of 5.2 lakh students.
The Bench of Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari while hearing the plea directed the Andhra Pradesh Government to file an affidavit addressing various issues posed by the Court.The Andhra Pradesh Government claimed that they would arrange more than 34,000 rooms for students to take their exams. The Supreme Court therein questioned the Andhra Pradesh Government’s logistical ability to ensure such measures are complied with. The Supreme Court also requested the Andhra Government to clear the ambiguity around the date of the examination and the release of results.
The Court pointed out that all other States had cancelled the Class 12 examination and that the modes of marking adopted by the CBSE and ICSE should be used by the Andhra Pradesh Government to devise a grading system of their own. The Court further requested the Andhra Government to look into the feasibility of constituting an expert committee to study the needs of the students in the State. Counsel for Andhra Pradesh sought time to seek instructions. The matter will be heard on the 25th June 2021 at 2 PM.
Plea seeking the cancellation of Class 11 examination in Kerala was also taken up by the bench. The Supreme Court did not accept the Kerala Government’s submission that the Class 11 examinationwould be conducted in September. The Court has directed the matter to be decided by the High Court of Kerala on merits, seeing as the bench was only entertaining matters related to class 12 exams.
The Supreme Court also directed the National Institute of Open Schooling to submit before the Court, a scheme of grading of its students, within 10 days.