CBSE received SC notice regarding Class 10, 12 Compartmental or Reappear Exam 2020



The Supreme Court yesterday issued a notice to CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) on petitions filed by Class 10 and 12 students, who are seeking cancellation of compartmental exams (reappear exams), scheduled to be held later in this month for those who have failed or are seeking improvement in subjects they appeared.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar issued the notice on the petitions filed by students led by Anika Samvedi. 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 petitioners had filed a representation before the CBSE to cancel the compartmental exams, but it was rejected on August 6.

According to the details shared by the court officials, the petition filed by CBSE students cites that holding Compartmental Exams 2020 for Class 10 and Class 12 students would be detrimental to the health of the students. The petition has said that holding Compartmental Exams in the end of September 2020 would not serve the purpose of helping students who failed in the March 2020 exams, as by that time the admission process to next academic session in majority of colleges and universities would be over.

The CBSE reiterated that it is taking all safety measures during the exam in view of Covid-19. CBSE on Friday pleaded with the Supreme Court against postponement of compartmental exams for Class 10 and 12, telling the court that necessary precautions are being taken for holding the exams this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The CBSE's counsel said that the number of examination centres has been increased from 575 to 1,278, and that only 12 students will sit in a classroom for compartmental or reappear exams in view of the social distance norm.

The Court has now directed CBSE to file its response by September 7 and adjourned the matter for hearing on September 10. 

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