New Delhi: The Supreme Court on 20 August 2020 dismissed the plea challenging the CBSE’s decision to hold compartment examinations for the students of class X and XII students due to the ongoing pandemic.
A three-Judge Bench comprising of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, Sanjiv Khanna and Dinesh Maheshwari heard a petition filed by 808 students who had submitted to the Hon’ble Court that the decision to conduct the compartment examinations amid the COVID 19 pandemic, violates the Right to Health which is part of Right to Life enshrined in the Article 21 of Constitution of India. The petitioners pointed out that going out in such challenging circumstances will put not only the students but their families under huge risk and will indisputably sacrifice the basic principle of integrity as all the examinees should be subject to equal and fair treatment. It also fails to consider the principles of health, fair and equal opportunity for the students.
It had also been submitted by the petitioners that if the compartment examinations are conducted then lakhs of students across the nation might get under the exponential risk of being exposed to the virus.
The petitioners further submitted to the court that the decision taken by CBSE does not meet the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines of 29 July 2020 and hence the decision is flawed itself.
Finally, the petitioners also prayed for the formulation of an alternative evaluation system. To exclude the possibility of disadvantage, discrimination, and risk to life.