The Supreme Court will hear the petitions on September 22, 2020 filed by Class 10 and 12 students seeking cancellation of compartment exams, to be conducted for those who have failed or are seeking improvement in subjects they appeared.
The compartment exams are scheduled to be held from September 22 to 29, 2020
However, the chances of Supreme Court cancelling exams are almost nil going by the recent judgements given by Supreme Court on petitions seeking postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020.
The Supreme Court refused to postpone JEE Main and NEET and both these exams were held as scheduled in September 2020.
Over 30 lakh students appeared for JEE Main, NEET exams recently amid fears of corona pandemic. Though students, parents and Opposition parties expressed concern over the health of students, the Supreme Court refused to postpone the exams.
Compared to JEE Main, NEET, the CBSE compartment exams are attended by only few thousands of students across India on a particular day.
Close to 1.5 lakh students of Class 10 and around 87,000 students of Class 12 are supposed to appear in these exams.
The CBSE informed Supreme Court that they have set up 1.268 exam centres across India by strictly following Covid norms on social distancing and as such there is no need to worry over corona pandemic.
As the petition will be heard by Supreme Court on September 22, when CBSE exams start, there are no chances of Supreme Court cancelling exams at this juncture.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar issued the notice to CBSE on September 4, 2020 on the petitions filed by students led by Anika Samvedi. The Court directed CBSE to file its response by September 7 and posted the matter for hearing on September 10. However, the case has now been listed for hearing on September 22.
The petitioners had filed a representation before the CBSE to cancel the exams, but it was rejected on August 6. Fresh petitions were filed against this decision of August 6.
Appearing for CBSE on September 4, Advocate Roopesh Kumar said that the compartment exams are likely to be conducted by September end and all necessary precautions will be taken. He further said that the board intends to have 1278 exam centres this time, compared to 575 last year. Kumar also said that CBSE will make arrangements to seat only 12 students in a single classroom this year due to the pandemic.