1. Question mark over Class XII results as Delhi HC asks CBSE not to stop moderation policy

Question mark over Class XII results as Delhi HC asks CBSE not to stop moderation policy

The CBSE Class XII results which were expected to be declared today, will not be declared till the Board decides on a direction by Delhi High Court, which had yesterday stopped it from withdrawing its moderation policy for Class X and Class XII exams held this year.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2017 8:13 AM
Board is likely to come up with a decision after consulting the Ministry of Human Resource Development. (PTI)

The CBSE Class XII results which were expected to be declared today, will not be declared till the Board decides on a direction by Delhi High Court, which had yesterday stopped it from withdrawing its moderation policy for Class X and Class XII exams held this year, stating that “rules cannot be changed after the game has begun,” an Indian Express report said. Under this policy, grace marks are given to students for tough questions or mistakes in the question paper.

Even though there was communication from the Board officially, on the date of the results, several CBSE-affiliated schools had informed their students that the Class XII results are likely to be declared Wednesday.

However, be CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma told the national daily that results won’t be announced on May 24. She said the Board will take a decision after examining the High Court order.

As per report, the board is likely to come up with a decision after consulting the Ministry of Human Resource Development. CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi has been called at the Ministry on Wednesday afternoon for a meeting. Officials claim that in whichever case the results will not be delayed, and will be announced by the end of this month.

The High Court, while pointing out that students would be put to “grave and irreparable loss” if the policy of moderation was done away with at this stage, stressed that the “petitioners had made a prima facie case for interim relief,” the Indian Express report said.

Authorities have been asked “to follow declared policy, including moderation” which was in vogue when students of academic session 2016-2017 had filled examination forms for senior and senior secondary exams.

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The court had said it was not expressing any opinion on the merits, demerits, legality, or constitutionality of the moderation policy. “We don’t have the expertise on education policy… We are deeply concerned in the manner, especially timing (of the new policy), which can change the academic future of students,” it said as per Indian Express.

It further said that students who got conditional offers from foreign universities would have to suffer if there was a change in the policy. These universities assessed the eligibility on the basis of CBSE’s current policy. Once changed, it would have “drastic results”, the court added, as per the report.

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