Delhi HC to CBSE: Decision to Scrap Moderation Policy an 'Irresponsible' Act

The results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in a few days

The results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in a few days

Scrapping up the moderation policy is unfair decision for all the students.

Senior advocate Balbir Singh, appearing for the petitioners, said as a result of the change in policy, CBSE's class 12th students may not meet the cut-off of the Delhi University (or DU Admission 2017) because there could be a decrease in marks by at least fifteen percent due to CBSE's decision.

The Delhi High Court on Monday termed as "unfair and irresponsible" the CBSE's decision to scrap its "moderation policy" under which grace marks are given to students in exams for hard questions and asked why it can not be implemented from next year.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M. Singh refused to allow the CBSE to withdraw its moderation policy for the exams held this year, saying "rules can not be changed after the game has begun". Do not instil insecurity in them. The petitioner stated that the students of CBSE would also end up scoring less than State board students.

It would be "a tragedy" if the CBSE students lose out on seats in foreign varsities to children from other countries because of the change in policy.

"This may completely change the course of academic future of students", said the bench in its interim order, adding: "A rule can't be changed after the game has begun".

While other states like Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh had chose to implement the rule next year onwards, CBSE had made a decision to bring in the rule with immediate effect, which will hamper the students seeking admission in various universities this year. The bench said that the students who have been involved in such scenarios could have taken loans and might cause massive financial losses.

The ruling assumes significance as some states, like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, have decided not to withdraw the moderation policy this year.

The High Court ordered the CBSE to follow the moderation policy in place which was in place at the time of the submission of exam forms and listed the PIL for the next hearing on July 20. 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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