CBSE’s marks moderation policy ‘unfair’, says Delhi High Court

The petition, moved by a parent and a lawyer, has said that the policy was changed by way of a notification after the exams for the year were held and hence would have a drastic impact on the students.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 23, 2017 11:50 am
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The Delhi High Court today termed as “unfair and irresponsible” the CBSE’s decision to scrap its ‘moderation policy’ under which grace marks are given to students in exams for difficult questions and asked why it cannot be implemented from next year. The CBSE’s decision, which would come into effect from this year, “would have a drastic effect on the students,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M Singh said.

It also asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) why it cannot implement the change in policy from next year as the results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in a few days.

It asked the CBSE to tell it by tomorrow 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 Class 12 who have applied for admissions abroad.

The petition, moved by a parent and a lawyer, has said that the policy was changed by way of a notification after the exams for the year were held and hence would have a drastic impact on the students.

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The petitioners, Rakesh Kumar and advocate Ashish Verma, have said that the notification is not yet available on the CBSE’s website.

Senior advocate Balbir Singh, appearing for the petitioners, said as a result of the change in policy, Class 12 students may not meet the cut-off of the Delhi University as there could be a decrease in marks by at least 15 per cent due to CBSE’s decision.

The plea, filed through advocates Rimali Batra and Ashish Verma, contended 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.

It also contended that CBSE students would also end up scoring less than the state board students. 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 petition 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 and 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.

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    Manu
    May 24, 2017 at 7:05 am
    OMG! how unfair CBSE was to other education board's students, like UP Board where getting 99 or more is a nightmare. We wondor how CBSE board students are more intelligent without knowledge but here came to know it is because of 15 grace marks given as "Prasada". Shame on CBSE board for these unfair policy in practice for years, which definitely ruin the future of multi crores of students from other boards in yesteryear.
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      Anshul
      May 24, 2017 at 12:18 am
      This is not fair ...if CBSE wants moderation policy , therefore they should told before the examination.. From which students are ready to face this moderation policy situation.... And this is not a time to apply this policy ..... Me and thousands of children Are ready to face the situation.. And we are so afraid and one of my friend is ready to sucide after seeing tommarrow decision... Plz don't do this .....
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        Aman mittal
        May 23, 2017 at 11:07 pm
        Please don't do this because this make a negative image for the students or some may be going to make suicide for those students Accountancy exam was too hard and lengthy this makes a negative impact on the student 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 please give the grace for the difficulty question.
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          sumit
          May 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm
          Absolutely unfair for 12th cl students it can be a really big threat for students and please don't force students to regret and suicide
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            moji ado
            May 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm
            !.. it should'nt be implemented from this year. It would have very adverse effect on the present 12 appeared examiners. They should think on it , also some universities have their own qualification marks, due to which studentss could not fulfill them due to low percent. It should be implemented from next year systematically.
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              S Z AHMED
              May 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm
              This is erratic decision by MHRD and will spoil carrier of lac of students which can never be compensated. IT MUST BE S PED IMMEDIATELY FOR THIS YEAR. THE RESULTS MAY BE REVISED ACCORDINGLY NO MATTER IF DELAY IS THERE. BUT WILL SAVE CARRIER OF NUMEROUS STUDENTS
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                sitapalam
                May 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm
                Please don't force students to suicide.
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                  A kumar
                  May 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm
                  So true. It has become a habit of cbse to change policies midterm and to do it unilaterally without consulting other stake holders . CBSE students will be severely effected from this ill thought end year changes.
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                    Sankar
                    May 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm
                    Absolutely.. They don't even think twice before taking such knee-jerk policy decisions that may have a lifetime impact on students career.
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