On May 22, 2017, the High Court of Delhi termed the CBSE’s decision to scrap moderation policy as unfair and irresponsible. The moderation policy enables the board to award grace marks to the students for difficult questions in the board examination. The HC questioned CBSE on why the system could not be implemented. The CBSE’s decision to do away with awarding grace marks will come into effect this year.
Acting Chief Justice Pratibha Singh and Justice Gita Mittal pointed that scrapping of moderation policy will have a drastic effect on the students. The court directed the CBSE to file a response in the court on May 23, 2017. The court was hearing a PIL that claimed the CBSE to rollback the decision for this year. The PIL further claimed that the policy of CBSE to scrap moderation policy would affect the students who have applied for admission abroad.
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A parent and lawyer had filed the petition on the issue. The petitioners claimed that CBSE announced its decision to scrap moderation policy after the completion of Class 12 board examinations. Therefore, CBSE can rollback the decision for this year, and implement the same from the next academic session.
One of the senior advocates appearing on behalf of the petitioners claimed that Class 12 students might not meet the cut-off of Delhi University. This year, the students will witness at least 15% decrease in the marks due to CBSE’s decision. As a result, most of the students will be deprived of getting admission in the prestigious Delhi University.
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The petitioners also pointed that states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Chhattisgarh have decided to scrap the moderation policy from the next academic session. The students from these states will not be affected in this case.
During the hearing, Sanjay Jain, Additional Solicitor General explained that CBSE had written to Delhi University to give some relaxation to CBSE students. However, the varsity refused to oblige.