CBSE’s decision of scrapping re-evaluation policy not justified: Delhi High Court

You (CBSE) should not have done that. You too make mistakes, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said while hearing a students plea for re-evaluation of her class 12 board exam answer sheets.

After a long wait, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the Class 12 board results on May 28.

(Read: CBSE scraps class 12 re-evaluation of answer scripts ) 

This year, the results got delayed primarily because of below mentioned reasons:

  • On April 25, CBSE scrapped the moderation policy under which grace marks are given to students in exams for difficult questions. In a reply to plea filed by parents and some students, the Delhi High Court instructed the board to continue with its moderation policy or grace marks policy
  • Assembly elections being held in various parts of the country.

Last year, on October 5, the CBSE decided to discontinue the age old practice of board exam paper revaluation.

Reasons for this sudden change in system:

  • It has been seen that since 2014, re-evaluation of answer sheets was done in around 10 subjects for class 12 examinations, said CBSE senior officials
  • But some system will be there to address genuine cases
  • As per reports, the actual number of students who applied for re-evaluation was only.

Meanwhile, as reported by TOI, the Delhi High Court on Friday orally observed that the CBSE should not have done away with its re-evaluation policy as it also make mistakes in evaluation of answer sheets.

Here’s what Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said:

“You (CBSE) should not have done that. You too make mistakes,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said in recent TOI report.

“Careers of 2100 students are at stake”. “We all know what happens on a fraction of a mark or percentage,” the court added.

According to reports, the court made this statement while hearing a plea of students asking for re-evaluation of English and Maths answer sheets.

CBSE in its defense:

  • While responding to the Justice, the lawyer on behalf of CBSE said, the re-evaluation policy was scrapped as there were only 0.21 per cent mistakes out of the 10 lakh students who undertake the board exams across the country
  • Meanwhile, the CBSE lawyer said re-verification has been carried out and there is no change in student’s mark
  • Further, the lawyer said the result of re-verification would be uploaded on its website soon

As of now, the court has not passed any order on the student’s plea for re-evaluation.

Saudi Arabia student moves to Delhi HC:

  • A student who wrote the class 12 board exams this year from Saudi Arabia has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the CBSE’s November last year decision to do away with re-evaluation of answer sheets
  • A bench of justices S Muralidhar and C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) and its controller of exams and sought their stand on the student’s plea also seeking re-evaluation of his Physics, Chemistry and Maths answer sheets
  • The petitioner has claimed that CBSE had recently made a statement before the Orissa High Court that the facility of re-evaluation of answer sheets is still available. The submission was made during hearing of a plea by some
  • [Source”timesofindia”]