Supreme Court of India directed all state boards to formulate and notify their evaluation criteria within ten days. The court further directed the state boards to declare the board results of the internal assessment by July 31, 2021. The bench consisting of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari issued this order on June 24, 2021.
While passing the order, the apex court referred to the result timeline of the Central Board of Secondary Education and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination i.e. July 31, 2021. As per the order, all state boards will have to formulate the evaluation criteria for the assessment of Class 10 and 12 students within 10 days.
The apex court stated, “We are passing General order for all boards. We direct the Boards that schemes be formulated and notified within 10 days from today and also declare the internal assessment result by July 31, 2021, like the timeline specified by is for CBSE and ICSE.”
The court was hearing a plea seeking directions to the states to not conduct the board exams this year due to the prevailing situation of COVID 19. The bench was told by an advocate appearing in the matter that the state boards which cancelled the Class 12 exam amid pandemic may be asked to have a uniform scheme for assessment.
“Each board will have to formulate their own evaluation scheme. There cannot be a uniform all India scheme for this.” the bench said. The top court added that each board is different and autonomous. The state boards have experts to advise them.
Last week, both CBSE and ICSE presented their evaluation criteria to the top court which was approved and called ‘fair and responsible’. SC confirmed again that it will direct the UGC to set a cutoff date for Board Results 2021 for the admission process.