New Delhi: The Supreme Court said that the CBSE should consider the problem of those students who had appeared in the examinations this year for improving marks in class 12 but obtained lower numbers. This is because the numbers will affect the admissions secured by them for higher studies. The students who appeared in the improvement exams have taken admissions based on their original results and that should not be disturbed, the apex court observed.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar was informed that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has filed a counter affidavit stating that the previous result of the students, who failed subsequently in the improvement examinations, would be considered and they would have the opportunity to retain it.
“The only difficulty is with the students who have scored less marks in improvement examinations. They have also taken admission on the basis of their previous result. So, they should also be given the liberty to keep their original result that was published on the basis of the evaluation policy,” the counsel appearing for the petitioners told the bench.
The top court was hearing a plea filed by some students, who had appeared in the CBSE examinations this year for improving their marks in class 12, seeking a direction to the board to maintain their original results.
The bench told the counsel, appearing for the CBSE that such students, who have scored less marks in improvement examinations, have taken admissions on the basis of their original marks. “This will have an impact on the admission which has been given,” the bench observed, adding, “Their admission will be affected immediately. You will have to consider this. This is only a one-time arrangement. This is not a permanent policy,” the bench told the CBSE’s counsel, who said he would take instructions on this aspect.
The bench further observed, “You either say yes or no. We will issue direction otherwise. The admission should not be disturbed. That is all what we will say.”
The top court also asked the board’s counsel whether he had discussed this issue with the concerned officials as this would be a problem which the students, who have appeared in the improvement examination, would face. “This is a problem which is faced by the students. How will you reconcile with that,” the Supreme Court bench said.
The CBSE’s counsel said he would take instructions on this after which the bench posted it for hearing January 7.
The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by 11 students who were declared passed in the original results by the CBSE on the basis of the evaluation policy of 30:30:40 and were subsequently allowed to appear in the improvement exams held in August-September this year.
The plea said the petitioners have been either declared failed or awarded very less marks in the improvement examinations and they apprehend that their original results, in which they were declared pass, will be cancelled.