The CBSE 2017 results appear to have been entrapped in the controversy over the board doing away with the moderation marks policy. Results for class XII and class X were expected to come out on May 24, but Delhi High Court’s order to bring back ‘grace marking’ opposing CBSE’s decision, delayed the results further.
In an attempt to assuage the students’ apprehensions, Union Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar today clarified that the results will be declared on time and that the students need not worry.
"CBSE results will be declared on time, the date will be told by CBSE. No need to worry about the court's order, justice will be done for all,” he said.
However, as things stand today, there is no clarity yet on the date when the CBSE will announce the results.
The argument began in April this year.
- After a high-level meeting on April 25th CBSE decided to sway away the grace marking system.
- The CBSE along with 32 other boards had decided to do away with the marks moderation policy last month except some States like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, who have decided not to withdraw the moderation policy this year.
- Initially considered a milestone, it was not accepted well by students, as substantial number of requests, to bring back the moderation policy reached the HRD Ministry.
- Moderation policy is a common practice adopted to "bring uniformity in the evaluation process", where students are awarded up to 15 per cent extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to be difficult. In simpler terms, marks scored by students are changed to align with the marking standards of different examiners. Hence students rejoiced after the Delhi High Court’s verdict.
- A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by a parent and a lawyer that contended that the policy should not be done away with this year since it will affect students of Class 12 who have applied for admissions abroad.
- High Court gave its verdict by commenting, 'Rules cannot change after the game has begun’.
- On May 23rd The court had said that the board should not scrap the policy, which is said to tip over a lot of below-the-line students over passing marks -- not at least this year.
- The delayed CBSE Class 12 results are affecting other results as well. A news report in The Hindu has stated that, 'Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has decided to postpone the announcement of the Common Entrance Test (CET), affecting 1.8 lakh candidates who had appeared for the exam.
As per latest reports, it is likely that the Board may approach Supreme Court, with a special leave petition (SLP), challenging the Delhi High Court order on marks moderation policy. If that happens, results are likely to be delayed further.
While candidates fear that their future is at stake due to the delay in results, students need to keep calm and hope for the best.