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Plea to cancel offline boards rejected by SC

Board exams for class X and XII will be held as per schedule. The Supreme Court on Wednesday, while hearing a plea seeking cancellation of offline examinations for Class 10 and 12 conducted by all boards including the central board of secondary education (CBSE), CISCE and other central and state boards said “Such petitions mislead students creating a false hope.”

The bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar, warning the petitioner that it will impose exemplary costs if such petitions are filed again, said: “Entertaining such petitions will only create more confusion… Such petitions give false hopes to students who are going to appear for exams. They will be misled.”

The plea was filed by a child rights activist and a students’ union from Odisha. The petition also seeks an alternative assessment mechanism as formulated in the past year for admission to undergraduate (UG) courses.

When petitioner’s lawyer Prashant Padmanabhan stated that a similar petition by the same petitioner had been heard last year, the Court responded, “Just because we heard it last year, it cannot become the norm.”

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