Fearing the spread of COVID to Class X and XII students, parents and educators approached the Supreme Court and High Courts to postpone or cancel remaining board exams. In June, the Supreme Court resolved three such cases.
In each case, the Court agreed with the relevant examination board. Insofar as the CBSE goes, a Bench led by Justice Khanwilkar accepted the Board’s decision to cancel all remaining exams. Similarly, the Court decided against interfering with the examination boards of Karnataka and Rajasthan who wanted to proceed with the exams.
These cases indicate that the Supreme Court recognises and trusts the subject-area expertise of education and health officials. In the absence of obvious misconduct, the Court appears to defer the policy decisions to Examination Boards.
10th - 25th June, 2020 - SC allows CBSE to cancel exams
On 10 June 2020, parents filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, seeking cancellation of the CBSE exams scheduled for 1 July. The Court constituted a three-judge Bench to hear the matter.
26th June, 2020 - Cancellation of Exams
The Bench allows CBSE and ICSE to issue a notification cancelling Class X and XII exams.
17th June, 2020 - Upholding Karnataka High Courts decision to conduct exams
The Supreme Court agreed with the Karnataka High Courts decision to continue with the scheduled board exams between 25th June and 4th July
28th June, 2020 - Non-intervention with Rajasthan State Board exams
The Bench led by Justice Khanwilkar agreed with the Rajasthan High Courts decision to continue with scheduled exams for State Board students in Class X.
Petition to Cancel Class 12 Board Exams in 2021
28th May, 2021 - Petition for Cancellation of Board Exams
Advocate Mamta Sharma filed a petition for cancellation of Class X and XII board examinations.
31st May- 1st June, 2021 - Cancellation of Board Exams
The Bench allowed the Attorney General time till 3rd June to make a decision regarding exam cancellation. On 1st June the Prime Minister announced the cancellation of CBSE class 12 exams.
3rd June, 2021 - Time Granted to Decide Evaluation Criteria
The Court grants both CBSE and ICSE 2 weeks time to present their evaluation schemes.
17th June, 2021 - CBSE and ICSE Present their Evaluation Schemes
The Attorney General and Senior Advocate JK Das presented the highlights of the CBSE and ICSE evaluation schemes. The Court assented, but ordered the inclusion of two particulars within the scheme and allowed Senior Advocate Vikas Singh time till 21st June to present suggestions of objections to the schemes.
21st June, 2021 - Suggestions and Objections to Evaluation Schemes
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh and Advocate Abhishek Choudhary appeared to present suggestions and objections to the evaluation schemes proposed by the CBSE and ICSE.
22nd June, 2021 - Court Dismisses Petitions Challenging Cancellation of Board Exams
The court heard and dismissed writ petitions that challenged the cancellation of class 12 examinations.