Bombay HC rejects PIL seeking cancellation of CISCE exams

The Bombay High Court resolved the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which sought the cancellation of the pending class 10 and 12 exams of Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), on Monday. The exams were scheduled to be held in July, where the Supreme Court ordered to adopt a similar mechanism as of CBSE. Adhering to the order the council submitted a report mentioning an alternate assessment and would declare the results on July 15 along with the CBSE. The court also informed to the petitioners that they can approach the court if they are not satisfied with the methodology for alternate assessment.

The plea filed by advocate Arvind Rangnarain Tiwari was heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice SS Shinde heard through video-conference. The advocate had sought to cancel the exams in the view of coronavirus pandemic, and to declare the results based on the performance in the internal assessments.

The petitioner on Monday said that the Council had not yet prepared a methodology that was sought in the earlier hearing. Also, it was mentioned that there was no clarity in the proposal for declaring the results and that the plea should be kept pending until a proper assessment formula is submitted.

The Council stated that the remaining exams shall be canceled and that the results shall be declared based on the performance in the internal exams. The board also notified that is the situation comes under control, it may give an option to the students to write the exam.

A reformed court order given on June 26 state that “In terms of this order, all proceedings/ petitions pertaining to the subject matter of conducting examinations for classes X and XII by ICSE for Academic Year 2019-2020 pending in this Court or any other Court shall be governed by this order and deemed to be disposed of accordingly.”

However, the court also gave the liberty to the petitioners to file a plea if they are not satisfied with the methodology opted.

The bench disposed of the PIL and said, “In view of the Supreme Court order, nothing survives for decision. We record formal closure of these proceedings.”



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