CBSE’s assessment scheme is final and will be open to petitioners

The CBSE's assessment scheme is now final, and petitioners will not be able to challenge it: SC

The Supreme Court said on Monday that the CBSE’s assessment methodology for evaluating the marks of class 12 students whose board examinations were canceled earlier this year owing to the COVID-19 epidemic had “attained finality” and obtained the highest court’s “stamp of approval.”

The top court stated that it would not reconsider the matter of the CBSE’s system at all, adding that petitioners who have voiced grievances about the program and its appraisal of marks will not be able to dispute it.

“In terms of the formula, we are stating unequivocally that it has reached finality.” The petitioners’ lawyer was told by a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar, “We will not revisit that issue at all.”

The petitioners are effectively contesting the ratio mandated in the plan, devised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which has been approved by the top court, and similar arguments for reconsideration have previously been rejected, according to the supreme court.

The petitioners will pursue their representations to the authorities in this respect, the bench said, and the case would be judged on its own merits in line with the finalized scheme.

“To put it another way, the petitioners will not be able to question the scheme or the ratio provided therein for the purpose of evaluating marks.” The bench stated, “That has been affirmed and gained the stamp of approval of this court in earlier rulings.” It requested that the case be determined quickly, preferably within three weeks of receiving a copy of the order.

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 evaluating marks for students in the 12th standard based on results from classes 10, 11, and 12, respectively, were approved by the Supreme Court on June 17. The CBSE had previously said that it will evaluate class 12 pupils for theory based on 30% marks from class 10 boards, 30% from class 11, and 40% from marks based on unit, mid-term, and pre-board examinations in class 12.

It had stated that marks achieved by class 12 students in practical and internal assessments on a real-time basis, as submitted by schools to the CBSE Portal, will be taken into account in determining final results.

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