Don't Revoke State's Decision To Cancel SSC Board Examination : Child Rights Activist Opposes PIL In Bombay High Court
19 May 2021
In the Bombay High Court, a child rights activist has filed an intervention motion to have a PIL challenging the State Government's decision to cancel the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination slated for March 2021 dismissed. Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, a child rights activist, claims that various governments throughout the world have scrapped final exams, opting instead to promote students or evaluate them based on their internal grades. She has argued that all examination boards, including the State Board of Secondary Education (SSC), the autonomous Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE), the Union-controlled Central Board of School Examination (CBSE), and the International Board (IB), have always had separate assessment criteria. "Even when the exams were held offline, all of the different Boards of study have been operating distinct curriculum, separate assessment standards since the beginning." She goes on to say that because each Board's view on academic development is different, the study materials are different, and the curriculum is distinct, each Board's assessment standards are destined to be distinct. Tomorrow, the court is expected to consider Sahai's intervention request for admission. The PIL filed by Pune-based activist Dhananjay Kulkarni was heard on Monday by a division bench of Justices SJ Kathawala and Surendra Tavade. Kulkarni's lawyer, Uday Warunjikar, said that different boards are making various choices about whether or not to conduct Std 10 exams, which is going to cause absolute pandemonium for the two crore students. In addition, Kulkarni is seeking a stay of the State's May 12 judgement prohibiting interim examinations. In his petition, he claims that while the State is considering holding HSC board exams for standard 12 students in June, SSC exams can be held as well. The court has ordered that all board attorneys submit their affidavits by tomorrow, and it will also hear the case tomorrow.