This initiative shall be based on the first appeal process under the RTI (Right To Information) Act. The board came across the decision after the city-based RTI activist Vivek Velankar pursued the matter with the state board, which had earlier rejected his plea.
The state board had informed him earlier that the answers cannot be made public on the grounds that, the model answers are confidential documents meant only for paper assessors and controllers of exams.
RTI activist Vivek Velankar requested the state board to make HSC model answers public in view of the difficulty levels posed by some question papers in the March 2013 exam. This will help students decide whether to go for revaluation, Velankar argued.
According to the sources, Velankar who heads the Sajag Nagrik Manch, filed a first appeal under the RTI Act, and the same was heard on August 12 by the appellant authority and state board secretary K K Patil.
Following a brief proceeding, the appellant authority passed an order directing the state board's public information officer to release the model answers for HSC science papers i.e. physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics as sought by the applicant.
Velankar said, "We are happy that the board has finally acknowledged the fact that it is bound by the Supreme Court judgment of September 2, 2011, that specifies what documents can be made public."