Delhi high court verdict unlikely to delay CBSE’s Class 12 results


The Class 12 results of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are likely to be declared this week, despite the confusion arising from a Delhi high court ruling against the scrapping of the moderation policy for this academic year.

“The results are not likely to be delayed. Even if we have to apply the moderation policy, it will not cause a lot of delay because everything is done scientifically,” said a source.

The high court on Tuesday directed the CBSE to restore the moderation policy – which allows the provision of grace marks to students for difficult questions – for the time being. The board had decided to scrap it with immediate effect last month, apparently in an effort to “remove arbitrariness and inflation of marks” as far as the results are concerned.

According to sources, human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar has called a high-level meeting to deliberate on the court ruling. It will be attended by CBSE chairman Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi and Department of School Education and Literacy secretary Anil Swarup, among others.

Sources said CBSE officials have not received the final order from the court, and will be able to understand more about the application of the moderation policy only after studying it.

Last year, minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha had told the Lok Sabha that the element of subjectivity in evaluation helps the moderation policy bring about much-needed parity. “As far as the CBSE is concerned, it adopts the moderation policy to bring uniformity in the evaluation process, to bring parity due to the element of subjectivity in evaluation, to level up mean achievements due to the difference in difficulty level of various sets of question papers, to maintain parity of pass percentage of candidates through the years, and to compensate the candidates for difficulties experienced in answering questions in the specified time,” he said.