All-Gujarat Parents Association’s Naresh Shah filed the PIL taking exception to the board’s decision of April 16 that Class X exams would be postponed and could be scheduled for between May 10 and May 25. He demanded that the exams be cancelled completely and the results should be declared on the basis of internal assessment and promotions be given.
The petitioner also sought an immediate stay on the board’s decision to postpone exams to the second and third week of May and submitted that unless this is done, grave and irreparable loss would be caused to the public at large. He submitted that students have a right to life, which is endangered blatantly by the decision to not cancel the exams. Students have a right to write their exams in a better atmosphere, without danger.
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The petitioner cited the examples of CBSE and ICSE, which have announced their decisions cancelling the examinations for Class X students on May 1 and April 19, respectively. He submitted that any further delay by the state board in taking a decision on cancelling or postponing the board exams and declaration of results would adversely affect the future of students, as they would not be able to apply for higher education in the absence of results.
The petitioner also submitted that seven states — Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir — have already cancelled their board exams. These states have adopted a system of declaring results on the basis of internal assessment. Gujarat should also not have postponed the exams but cancelled them.