Delhi HC to CBSE: Decision to Scrap Moderation Policy an 'Irresponsible' Act
The Delhi High Court lashed out CBSE over its decision to Scrap Moderation Policy, calling it an "unfair & irresponsible” move of the board. The court also asked the CBSE (Central board of Secondary Education) that why the decision cannot be implemented from next year as the results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in after few days.
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Adding on to the confusion over CBSE's decision to scrap its 'marks moderation policy' under which grace marks are given to students in exams for difficult questions, the Delhi High Court lashed out, calling it an "unfair & irresponsible” move of the board.
Delhi HC asked CBSE: Why the decision cannot be implemented from next year?
The Delhi High Court also asked CBSE (Central board of Secondary Education) the decision of scraping ‘moderation policy’ cannot be implemented from next year as the results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in after few days.
The CBSE's decision, which would come into effect from this year (2017), "would have a drastic effect on the students," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal & Justice Pratibha M Singh said.
CBSE to Answer on 23rd May
It asked the CBSE to tell it by tomorrow (i.e. 23 May 2017) when it would hear a PIL that has contended that the policy should not be done away with this year, as decided by some states, since it would affect the students of CBSE Class 12 who have applied for admissions abroad.
The Petitioners’ points
The petition, moved by a parent & a lawyer, has said that the policy was changed by way of a notification after the exams for the year were held and therefore would have a drastic impact on the students.
No notification on official website
The petitioners, Rakesh Kumar and advocate Ashish Verma, have said that the notification is not yet available on the CBSE's official website (cbse.nic.in).
CBSE’s 12th students may not meet the cut-off of the Delhi University
Senior advocate Balbir Singh, appearing for the petitioners, said as a result of the change in policy, CBSE’s class 12th students may not meet the cut-off of the Delhi University (or DU Admission 2017) because there could be a decrease in marks by at least fifteen percent due to CBSE's decision.
State boards like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Chhattisgarh will implement this policy from next year
The plea, filed through advocates Rimali Batra & Ashish Verma, assert that states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, have decided to implement the policy change from next year and hence the students from these states would fare better than those from Delhi and other states.
During the brief hearing, the court was told by Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain that while the Board had written to the Delhi University to give some relaxation to CBSE students, the varsity has refused to do so.
The PIL (Public Interest Litigation) has sought the setting aside of the policy change on the ground that the decision was taken without ensuring a national-level consensus between various State Boards, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination and other education boards which conducted Class 10th & 12th exams this year.
The plea has also contended that the decision denies a level-playing field to CBSE students, as compared to those of other State Boards and entities, in matters of college admissions and grant of streams, among others.
With inputs from Press Trust of India