Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Andhra Pradesh, informed a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari that they had discussed the matter with the chief minister on Thursday and the state government has decided to cancel the examination.
The apex court had on Thursday told the Andhra Pradesh government that it was not convinced about the precautionary measures suggested by the state for conducting Class 12 board exams amid the pandemic and said that unless it is satisfied that COVID There will be no death due to -19, it will not allow them.
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“He (Dave) informed the court that after re-examining the situation, the state government has now been advised to cancel the Class XII examination to be conducted by the respective state board. We keep that statement on record,” the bench said in its order.
“In the light of this commitment made throughout the Bar and as we have been informed that a suitable notification is being issued shortly, nothing further is required to be done in the present proceedings,” the bench said.
The top court was hearing a plea seeking directions to state governments not to conduct board exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Looking at the matter and the way it has progressed though we had made all preparations for the exam…. In view of the sentiments expressed by the court, I had a discussion with the Chief Minister yesterday and I advised him. They have also decided to cancel the examination,” Dave told the bench during the hearing held through video-conferencing on Friday.
Dave said a high-powered committee, which would be constituted, would prepare an evaluation plan within 10 days.
“We will follow the July 31 deadline and declare the results,” he said, adding that if the exams were conducted, the results would have been declared in August.
Dave said that if the whole country is going in one direction then Andhra Pradesh will also go in that direction.
“We appreciate the pragmatic and very practical stand taken by the state. We wish you could have appeared before us earlier,” the bench said, adding that “probably” what was discussed yesterday was “avoidable”.
Dave said the bench was right and that if something unexpected happened, it “would have hit our hearts”.
“It is very unexpected and very harsh,” the bench said.
Referring to the election rallies and Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand, Dave said that no one has claimed responsibility and the common people have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We may conclude this proceedings on the note that all is well in the end,” the bench said. He said that the state has taken a decision which is good for all as the entire humanity is facing it.
The top court said that it is reiterating its direction passed on Thursday that all state boards shall ensure that the results of internal assessment of class 12 examination are declared on or before July 31, as in the case of CBSE and CISCE. is directed.
“Since the concerned states have decided to cancel the examination, we do not wish to inquire into any other issue raised in this writ petition, fellow interference application(s) and other pending applications,” it said, disposing of the petition.
The bench had on Thursday said that state boards are free to formulate their own evaluation plan for evaluation of students and there can be no ‘fit-all’ scheme.
The top court had said that it will not pass any direction for a uniform evaluation scheme across the country for students whose board exams have been canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It had directed the state boards to ensure that the plans are prepared and notified at the earliest and not later than 10 days from Thursday.
The bench, which had asked tough questions to the Andhra Pradesh government on its decision to hold the class 12 board exams, had asked the state’s counsel to produce a “snapshot of the file” stating the reason for conducting the examination.
Later on Thursday, the Andhra Pradesh government announced the cancellation of the year-end examinations for class 10 and intermediate.
In its affidavit filed earlier in the apex court, the Andhra Pradesh government had said that it would be able to conduct the class 12 examination successfully as there are no credible alternatives to assess the state board students.
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