CBSE Makes Huge Totalling Errors in Board Marks, Students Move HC

Currently the CBSE allows for re-evaluation only after a court order.

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 Students appearing for their board exams. Image used for representational purposes. (Photo: PTI)

Serveal students moved the Delhi High Court for re-evaluation in various subjects of their Class XII curriculum after it emerged that the CBSE made mistakes in the totalling of marks, which was corrected after verification.

According to a Times of India report, some students who had sought verification of their board exam marks saw a substantial increase of 35-45 marks in their scores.

Though the exact number of applications seeking a verification of marks is not known, a senior official from CBSE accepted to TOI that the number is indeed very high.

Reacting to the TOI report, the bench hearing the case comprising of Justices Sanjeev Sachdeva and AK Chawla said:

When there are so many errors in totalling, then how many would there be in evaluation?

It directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to place before the court the decision of its governing body and examination committee to do away with its re- evaluation policy.

Currently the CBSE allows for re-evaluation only after a court order.

Speaking to TOI, Ashok Pandey, chairperson of the National Progressive Schools' Conference, an association of over 200 leading private schools in the country, said that the CBSE must bring back the re-evaluation policy as a measure to reinforce transparency.

It is in the best interest of the students. CBSE, being the premier school education board in the country, should definitely take a lead in doing enough to bring in transparency.

According to a senior CBSE official, the errors in totalling can be pegged to quite a few factors such as: incorrect transfer of marks to the front page, mistakes in totalling marks, and loss of supplementary answer booklets.

With the directions, the court listed all the pleas by the students for further hearing on 21 June.

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