Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education to lift all the restrictions in re-evaluation of class 12 exam papers and conduct fair and equal re-evaluation of exam papers for all the students who sought it.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar lifted all conditions imposed by the CBSE on students looking to get their answer-sheets re-evaluated.
What were the limitations in CBSE Re-evaluation process earlier?
- CBSE did not re-evaluate, rather re-totalled the marks
- Later, the court ordered re-evaluation to be done and yet the number of subjects were limited to just 12 subjects -- English Core, English Elective (CBSE), English Elective (NCERT), Hindi Core, Hindi Elective, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, Economics and Accountancy
- The number of questions for re-evaluation was restricted to 10
What is the court order on CBSE Class 12 Re-evaluation?
The bench said its order should be made applicable to all students and not just those who had approached the court. "It cannot be denied that grave and irreparable loss and damage would ensure to the petitioners so far as their admissions to colleges and universities are concerned. The balance of convenience is also in favour of the petitioners," the court observed.
Why was the petition against CBSE raised?
The court order came after four students challenged the board's June 28 notice that contained the limitations in re-evaluation. The petitioner students had moved the court seeking re-evaluation in subjects which were not among the 12 subject mentioned in the notice.
Even though on June 23, the board had assured the high court that it would entertain all applications of students who felt that their answer sheets were not correctly evaluated, the CBSE uploaded the June 28 notice with restrictions.
The court also issued notices to the Centre, CBSE and the Delhi University on the plea and sought their replies within 10 days. The matter has now been fixed for further hearing on July 26.