CBSE won’t be able to help students taking class XII compartment exams, says SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said the CBSE would not be able to help much the students taking compartment exams for class XII this month as it would be the colleges and universities which will take their admissions for higher studies. The apex court said this while hearing a plea which has challenged the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold compartment exams on the ground that it would be detrimental to the health of the examinees

“It is the colleges, universities and deemed universities which will be taking admissions of those students and the CBSE will not be able to help much the students taking compartment exams,” a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar told senior advocate Vivek Tankha, who was representing the petitioners.

The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, said this after Tankha argued that the CBSE may ask the colleges to give provisional admissions or wait till results are declared for compartment exams.

Tankha said that compartment exams are scheduled from September 22 to 29 and by that time, admissions for various undergraduate courses would be over.

He said students taking compartment exams would not get admissions in colleges and their whole year would be wasted.

The senior advocate argued that the CBSE could not hold main exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to declare results based on some “hybrid systems of evaluation” and due to this, many students are facing compartment exams

“In the interest of students, who are almost five lakhs, taking compartment exams, something must be done,” he said.

The bench observed that compartment exams are being conducted “perhaps three times in a year”.

The top court said around 87,000 students have failed and the solution does not lie with the CBSE.

During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing, Tankha said the Centre and states could be served with the copy of petition through standing counsel and attempts could be made to find an acceptable solution for such students.

“Don’t complicate it otherwise it will not come up for hearing,” the bench said.

The apex court later asked the petitioners to serve the copy of the plea to the Centre and posted the matter for hearing on September 14.

On September 4, the CBSE had opposed in the top court a plea and said all “necessary” safety measures for students are being taken in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

The CBSE’s counsel had said that board has increased the number of examination centres for compartment tests from 575 to 1,278.

“We have taken a decision that in a class where 40 students could sit, now only 12 will sit and we are taking all precautions,” the counsel for CBSE had said, adding that all necessary measures are being taken.

The apex court had asked the CBSE to file a short affidavit in response of the plea of Anika Samvedi and others.

Compartment exams for class X and XII to be held by September end: CBSE to SC

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), on Friday, informed the Supreme Court that compartment examinations for students of class X and XII would be held by the end of September.

The Apex Court has directed CBSE to file an affidavit, by September 10, detailing the schedule of the compartment exams. Also, on how the CBSE plans to hold compartment examination during the pandemic.

The counsel for CBSE informed the Supreme Court that the number of centres has been increased to 1278. The court was further told that as a matter of safeguard during the pandemic a class which would normally accommodate 40 students would have only 12.

On the other hand the petitioner contended that it was not clear why CBSE cannot cancel the compartment exams when the main examinations were cancelled due to the pandemic.

The counsel for the petitioner argued “The students will ultimately come in the category of failed students, since exams will not be able to be conducted by September and the students will not be able to apply for further studies.”

The petition pertains to CBSE’s compartment exams, which will be written by 1,50,198 students from Class X and 87,651 students from Class XII.

The plea states that on August 4, the CBSE stated that it would not accept the request of the petitioners to cancel the compartment examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plea stated that the CBSE had not disclose the dates of the compartment examination in the notification, and therefore, the said issue has still not been dealt by the CBSE.

The plea seeks directions to the CBSE to come up with a plan which shall ensure that neither the students are forced to appear in the compartment examination during the pandemic nor students be forced to waste a whole year due to compartment in a single examination.

NCPCR summons CBSE officials over collaboration with social media platforms for children’s classes

New Delhi: The apex child rights body NCPCR has summoned officials from the CBSE for collaborating with social media platforms for conducting classes on augmented reality, saying encouraging children to use social media is not right as they are not safe mediums.

In the letter, the officials from the Central Board of Secondary Education have been asked to appear before the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on November 9.

“These social media platforms are not safe for children so inviting them on these platforms prima facie does not appear right to the commission and we have summoned the officials of CBSE to give an explanation over it,” NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo told .

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Facebook have partnered to launch curriculum on “digital safety and online well-being” and “Augmented Reality” for students and educators. UZM RDM RDM