1. CBSE mulls going to Supreme Court challenging Delhi HC order on marks moderation

CBSE mulls going to Supreme Court challenging Delhi HC order on marks moderation

The CBSE is looking for a legal opinion on the implications of the Delhi High Court order.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 25, 2017 8:09 AM
CBSE is considering an option to file a Special Leave Petition against the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is looking for a legal opinion on the implications of the Delhi High Court (HC) order, which had asked it not to withdraw moderation policy for the Class X and Class XII exams held this year, an Indian Express report.

As per report, the CBSE is considering an option to file a Special Leave Petition against the High Court order in the Supreme Court. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar met board chairman R K Chaturvedi, School Education Secretary Anil Swarup and Higher Education Secretary K K Sharma yesterday to discuss Tuesday’s development in the court. CBSE officials spent most of the day with Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain to study implications of the court’s order and finalise the course of action. However, board officials pointed out that Class XII results will be declared by the end of this month.

In the meantime, the Delhi University (DU) has written a letter to the Centre requesting HRD Ministry’s intervention on CBSE’s request for “appropriate weightage” to its students for admission to bachelor degree courses this year so that they do not miss out to candidates from other boards.

Chaturvedi had written a letter to Delhi University (DU) vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi earlier this month, requesting him to change the admission policy of the university to introduce some concession for board students this year.

On Monday, the university registrar is learned to have informed the Ministry that the university, does not discriminate between different boards and also it’s tough for the university to accommodate CBSE’s request at such a short span of time. As per the national daily, he also requested for government’s intervention on the problem of inflated Class XII results with all school Boards so that all applicants of Delhi University are on an equal footing.

The ministry already held the meeting suggested by the DU registrar. Lat month, members of some schools boards, apart from Kerala State Board, decided to stop “upward revision/spiking of marks” from the current year.

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“Moderation, in its true sense, has not been discontinued. Even the policy of grace marks for improving pass percentage was left untouched. The school education boards had decided to stop the practice of artificially inflating results. We are now trying to understand if High Court has interpreted the ‘spiking of marks’ as moderation and asked us to continue this unfair practice. There is confusion on that front. The Board’s further course of action will depend on the legal opinion,” said a senior ministry official was quoted by Indian Express as saying.

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