HC says no change in eco retest date

Says It’s For CBSE To De­cide When To Hold Exam

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ab­hi­nav.Garg@

New Delhi: It is for the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) to de­cide when to hold an exam, the Delhi high court ob­served on Mon­day, re­fus­ing to be drawn into a fresh plea chal­leng­ing the date of Class XII eco­nom­ics retest. The pa­per will be held again on April 25, fol­low­ing a leak.

A bench of act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar de­clined to is­sue di­rec­tions to CBSE to resched­ule the retest, as sought by an NGO, on the ground that there are several im­por­tant en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions be­tween April 22-25, in­clud­ing that for the Na­tional De­fence Academy.

The NGO pleaded that due to CBSE’s fault the stu­dents are at the re­ceiv­ing end, as they would not be able to pre­pare and study for the en­trances while those from other ed­u­ca­tion boards would face no clash of dates.

“Prob­lem is that whether to hold or not hold an ex­am­i­na­tion is for the CBSE to de­cide. It is not proper for a court to in­ter­fere, it is out­side our purview,” the bench re­marked, dis­miss­ing the plea.

“You are say­ing NDA exam is clash­ing with this date. If they again change the date, some­body else will come. On what ba­sis a court can say hold the exam on this day and not on that day? It will be an­ar­chy,” the bench added.

Mean­while, the court asked CBSE to place be­fore it the records re­lat­ing to the board’s de­ci­sion not to con­duct re-ex­am­i­na­tion of Class X math­e­mat­ics ex­am­i­na­tion, which also was al­legedly leaked.

The CBSE, in its af­fi­davit filed last week, ex­plained that it had de­cided not to hold re-ex­am­i­na­tion of Class X maths test as a sci­en­tific eval­u­a­tion of ran­dom an­swer sheets did not in­dica- te any un­usual pat­tern to be­lieve that there was wide­spread ben­e­fit of the al­leged pa­per leak.

The board also op­posed the in­ter­ven­tion ap­pli­ca­tion of the NGO, So­cial Ju­rist, say­ing it has con­sid­ered all the as­pects be­fore schedul­ing the Class XII eco­nom­ics exam on April 25 and due care was taken while se­lect­ing the date.

The court was hear­ing a PIL, in which the NGO had sought that CBSE be di­rected to hold the Class X exam in April, if re­quired, and not in July as it had pro­posed ear­lier. It dis­posed of the PIL af­ter NGO’s coun­sel Ashok Agar­wal said he was sat­is­fied with the board’s de­ci­sion of not hold­ing the re-ex­am­i­na­tion for the Class X pa­per.

In ad­di­tion, a sep­a­rate plea de­manded a retest for Class X maths exam, say­ing those stu­dents who were af­fected by the leak must get a chance to take the exam again.

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