New Delhi: The Supreme Court gave prima facie approval of the objective scheme submitted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) for awarding marks to Class 12 exams, after the same stood canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The scheme was found lacking of dispute resolution mechanism for students aggrieved by the assessment under the scheme and timeline for result announcement and holding of the optional exam. The two Boards agreed to incorporate it into the scheme.
The bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said, “After perusing the scheme we have no reservation to accept the same and permit the Boards to proceed on that basis.”
The scheme submitted by CBSE will assess students based on their performance not just in Class 12 but also in Class 10 and Class 11.
Appearing for Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal said that 30 percent weightage will be given to the best three subjects in Class 10, 30 percent weightage to Class 11 performance and 40 percent to Class 12 performance. The assessment for Class 12 will be based on unit tests, midterm exams, and Pre Boards results.
Based on the assessment scheme a Results Committee will be formed headed by Principal of that school and two senior PGT teachers of that school along with two PGT teachers of neighboring school.
The CISCE also submitted its assessment scheme for Class 12 to the Court. Senior advocate JK Das appearing for CISCE said they would also assess students based on performance in Class 10, 11 and 12 by taking the best marks awarded in these years.
While the CISCE scheme specified announcing results by July 31, AG Venugopal said that CBSE will also announce by that date.
The Centre took the decision of canceling the Class 12 CBSE Board exams in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even CISCE followed suit by canceling the Class 12 exams.
Nearly 14.5 lakh students of Class 12 registered with CBSE keenly awaited the scheme based on which they would be awarded marks.