CBSE schools should publish Class 10 assessment criteria: Plea to HC

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Updated on Jun 29, 2021 13:31 IST

A plea has been filed in Delhi High Court to direct CBSE schools to publish documents on Class 10 assessment criteria.

CBSE 10th results assessment criteria adopted by schools should be published on their websites to maintain transparency, said a plea before the Delhi High Court. It listed the matter for hearing on June 30.

The application filed by an NGO, Justice for All, sought an interim order to direct all the schools affiliated by the board to publish the rationale document for devised criteria for the assessment of students of CBSE Class 10 on their respective websites, before calculating the result and uploading the same on the CBSE portal, to bring transparency.

It said the students should be able to access the document and raise grievances with the CBSE well in time along with the grievance redressal mechanism by the board for the students.

The application said that after issuance of notice by the court on June 2, fresh FAQs have been published by the CBSE on June 9, and it became clear that there is no modification in their alleged arbitrary policy of moderation of marks yet, which violates the Article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution.

In its petition, the NGO said, "The policy of moderating the average marks assessed by the school, based on the historical performance of the previous average result of the school, in terms of the best overall performance of the school would be injustice to the students as the performance of school is not relatable in any manner with the performance of the student."

It has also said moderating the marks in consonance with the overall average score of the district, national and state average "was absolutely unreasonable, illogical and punitive for the students of a school which would appear in the board exams for the first time", with no previous data of performance.

The NGO has alleged that it can also lead to the manipulation of marks and exploitation, extortion of the students and parents.

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