Delhi HC questions CBSE’s scrapping of ‘moderation policy’, asks why this year

CBSE’s decision to scrap its ‘moderation policy’ has been termed as “unfair and irresponsible” by the Delhi High Court. With moderation policy in effect, the Board examiners were allowed to give grace marks to students in exams for difficult questions. The court has also questioned CBSE that why can’t it get implemented from next year. Why from this year itself? The CBSE’s decision, which has already came into effect from this year, “would have a drastic effect on the students result, which is about to be declared soon.

Thereafter it is CBSE which has told Delhi University to award “appropriate weightage” to CBSE students for admission to undergraduate programmes this year so that they do not lose out to candidates from other state boards that inflate their Class 12 results. During the brief hearing, it was also told that while the Board had written to the Delhi University to give some relaxation to CBSE students, the varsity has refused to do so.

CBSE has been given a day’s time to tell the High Court 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.

Moderation Policy was a resolution adopted by 32 schools boards in a meeting organised by CBSE and attended by School Education Secretary Anil Swarup on April 24. So, for the first time in several years, the board results are expected to register a drop in marks scored. However, different state secondary boards will abide by the moderation from the next year as they are in the midst of result preparation during the current year. Therefore, this would place CBSE students at a disadvantage during admission process in the University of Delhi or any other university across the nation or 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. Moreover, the notification is not yet available on the CBSE’s website. 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 by the petitioner Rakesh Kumar 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.

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. The petition has been kept 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.

 

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