NEW DELHI: After terming the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decision to scrap its 'moderation policy' as "unfair and irresponsible" yesterday, in a major relief to students, the Delhi High Court today directed the CBSE to continue with its current marks 'moderation policy'. This moderation policy of giving grace marks to students who appeared in Class 12 examinations, was in place when the examination application forms were submitted last year.
The Delhi High Court's direction comes as a relief to more than 10 lakh students who have appeared the CBSE class 12 exam this year.
In a meeting held on April last week, attended by Central Board of Secondary Education, State Education Boards and School Education Secretary Anil Swarup, it was decided the boards across the country would not use the 'Marks Moderation' policy in deciding the marks of board students.
School Education Secretary Anil Swarup tweeted recently that the Rajasthan Education Board became the 3rd one after Karnataka and Punjab to announce results without spiking of marks in the name of moderation. CBSE was also expected to follow policy.
Since the verdict has come at a time when the board is getting ready to release its class 12 results of academic year 2017, it is expected that the board results may delayed further.
According to PTI, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M Singh passed the interim order on a PIL filed by a parent and a lawyer contending 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, particularly those who have applied for admissions abroad.
The petition had said that the moderation policy was changed by way of a notification by the board after the exams for the academic year were held and hence would have a drastic impact on the students.
The decision of the CBSE, "would have a drastic effect on the students," the court had also said.
It had also asked the Board 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, reported PTI