The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to keep the policy of grace marks given to Class 12 exam students to maintain parity with state board exams this year too.
Following the court directive, the CBSE approached the HRD ministry whether to move the Supreme court or adhere to the High Court’s verdict. However, the Board maintained that there will be no delay in declaring the results as planned next week.
The Delhi High Court Bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M. Singh asked the CBSE not to withdraw its moderation policy for the exams held this year, saying “rules cannot be changed after the game has begun,” and to defer the decision to next year.
The moderation policy in Class 12 exams is maintained to give grace marks to students for difficult or erratic questions to bring them on parity with other state Board exams. Since many state boards have decided to postpone the implementation of No Moderation Policy to next year, a PIL seeking parity was filed before the court.
“These children, who have worked so hard, are entitled to some stability and the only stability they know is the system. Do not instill insecurity in them. Don’t do it this year,” said the Bench in its order.
Now that the court has directed the CBSE not to implement the “No Grace Marks” policy, the CBSE said it will consult the Ministry of Human Resource Development Ministry and decide the next step.
In fact, this was the main reason behind CBSE’s delay in declaration of results. If the Board decides to go ahead and give grace marks, then it may take just a week for it to compile new marks sheets and bring out the results. In case, the Board seeks to move the Supreme Court, then the results may further be delayed to next month.
Besides the Delhi Univeristy cutoff that is very high in the country, another reason put forth by defending lawyers was that the admission in foreign unviersities based on previous system of evaluation where grace marks played a vital role in maintaining stability.
Since the exams had begun in March and the policy was decided on April 24, not taking into consideration the retrospective angle, the court directed the CBSE to defer the implementation of no moderation marks from next year.