The Delhi High Court has allowed an early hearing application in a plea filed by Justice for All, seeking modification in policy notified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for evaluation of marks for Class X boards.
The matter was listed today before the Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh. The matter will now be heard on July 9 after the counsel for the petitioner informed the court that the results are slated to be announced by the Board on July 20 and that pursuant thereto, the petition would become infructous.
The court, on the last date of hearing, was of the opinion that the issues raised in the plea are substantial enough and require adjudication; and thereby, issued notice to the respondents and adjourned the matter to August 27. The petition has been filed by Justice for All, an organization of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the cause of common man and particularly to the rights of the children relating to education and health, through Advocates Shikha Sharma and Khagesh B. Jha.
The plea prays for the modification in policy for tabulation of marks for Class X Board Examinations 2021, which is to be based on internal assessment conducted by the school. The plea further prays for a direction to schools affiliated with the CBSE to publish the rationale document for assessment criteria of students of Class X on their respective websites, before calculating the results, to bring out transparency.
Furthermore, it seeks a direction to the said schools to publish the criteria of stream selection for students in Class XI on their respective websites and to devise a grievance redressal mechanism wherein students could raise their grievances. The plea states that the policy of moderation of marks as devised by the board is absolutely unconstitutional, and violative of Article 21A of the Constitution, as the performance of a student of the present batch is being judged and calculated by the performance of the previous batch of students, the performance of teachers of the school, also with the performance of the state or district.
The plea avers that such moderation of marks based on previous performance of the school in the particular subject is too unreasonable and would be unfair for the students.