In a special Sunday hearing of the vacation bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar, the Supreme Court is set to hear a plea challenging the High Court of Rajhasthan's decision of upholding conduct of board examinations for class X and Class XII in the state.
The plea filed by Maghi Devi through Advocates Rishi Kapoor Ronak Karanpuria states that the decision of the state board of conducting the Secondary examination of the remaining two papers be conducted on June 29 & 30 is "erroneous" and deserves to be set aside, considering the ongoing pandemic situation.
The plea states that the decision to conduct the remaining examinations during the midst of covid19 is arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.
Further to this, the plea states that about 120 schools which are designated examination centres were used to quarantine people for shelter labourers in transit and that the "conducting of examinations is wrong illegal and discriminatory for the reason that it jeopardises the health of the students undertaking the exams and thus, amounting to violation of Article 21 and 14 of the constitution."
The plea states that,
"The high court failed to appreciate that the Respondent No. 4 has not given any solution to the practical problems such as the movements of the students residing in the containment zones and the unavailability of private vehicles for all students, thereby restricting the movement"
Just 3 days ago, The Central Board of Secondary Education decided to cancel the exams of Class 10 and 12 scheduled from July 1 to 15 in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the Supreme Court accepted its alternative assessment scheme.