Published: 07th December 2021
This is final and we approve of it: SC says no more cases against CBSE's Class 12 marking scheme
Observing that it will not reopen the issue of CBSE’s scheme at all, the top court said it will not be open to the petitioners, who have raised grievances related to the scheme and evaluation of marks
Looks like the Supreme Court has had its fill with the petitions filed against the evaluation scheme of the CBSE Class XII board examination. On Monday, while hearing a petition, the top court said that the scheme has 'attained finality' and received the 'seal of approval' of the apex court. The board exams were cancelled earlier this year, owing to the second wave of COVID.
Observing that it will not reopen the issue of CBSE’s marking scheme at all, the top court said it will not be open to any more petitioners challenging the marking scheme. “We are making it very clear, so far as the formula is concerned, that it has attained finality. We will not reopen that issue at all,” a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar told the counsel appearing for the petitioners.
While disposing of the plea, the bench said the petitioners would pursue their representation made to the authority in this regard and the same be decided on its own merits in accordance with the finalised scheme. “In other words, it will not be open to the petitioners to challenge the scheme or the ratio prescribed therein for the purpose of evaluation of marks. That has been upheld and received the seal of approval of this court in the previous orders,” the bench said.
It said the representation be decided expeditiously, preferable within three weeks from the receipt of a copy of its order. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
On June 17, the top court had approved the assessment schemes of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the CBSE, which had adopted the 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks for students of Class 12 based on results of Class 10, 11, and 12 respectively.
The CBSE had earlier said it would evaluate Class 12 students for theory based on 30 per cent marks from Class 10 boards, 30 per cent from Class 11, and 40 per cent from marks based on the performance in the unit, mid-term, and pre-board tests in class 12. It had said that marks obtained by Class 12 students in practical and internal assessment on an actual basis as uploaded by schools on the CBSE Portal would be also considered in deciding final results.