The Supreme Court has refused to allow a second chance to failed students of Grades 9 and 11, whose schools are affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), to appear for examinations in a bid to improve their scores and get promoted to the next class.
A failed Grade 11 student, whose school is affiliated to the CISCE, had moved the apex court citing a similar relief provided by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) because of the prevailing coronavirus disease pandemic.
The CBSE as a “one-time measure” had extended its relief to both Grade 9 and 11 students this academic year owing to the contagion.
The CISCE pointed out that around 10,000 such students from across 2,500 schools would seek to avail of the relief.
The CISCE’s counsel, senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, argued that 90% of the syllabi of Grades 10 and 12 were covered by schools and any relief at this stage would hamper the academic year of the successful candidates.
“We do not provide retest as a policy decision,” the CISCE argued