The students of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) and Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) have requested the Supreme Court of India to cancel the Class X and XII State Board Examinations in Assam. An Intervention Application in WP(C) 620 of 2021 has been filed in the Supreme Court regarding the same.
The application has been filed through Advocate Manju Jetley with Advocate Abhishek Choudhary, Prabhu Prassana Behera, Ritika Ritu, Abhishek Patnaik, and Nabab Singh representing the students of Assam. As per the submitted application, the positivity rate in the State of Assam on 01st July would have no significance in mid-July-August, when the examinations are recommended to be conducted. Furthermore, the application has stated that “positivity rate data is very dynamic in nature which has the potential to increase or decrease exponentially within the span of less than 24 hours”.
The application further stated that “classification sought to be made in present case between CBSE, CISE and other State Board Students on one hand and the students of Assam SEBA and AHSEC board students on the other is prima facie irrational, unreasonable and is bad in law on the ground of violation of the basic feature of our Constitution, namely, the principles of equality enshrined under Article 14 of the Constitution”.
While speaking about this, Advocate Abhishek Choudhary has said that all the students’ health and safety, irrespective of the education board, are of utmost importance and should be protected at any cost. Therefore, the applicants have argued that to assure the safety of the physical and mental health of the students and to ensure equality among the students of various boards, it is reasonable and equitable that the State Board Exams in Assam are cancelled.