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CBSE Class XII results not to be declared on May 24 after Delhi HC verdict

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not declare the Class 12 Board exam results today, sources from the Board have said.

A Delhi High Court order yesterday, on May 23, directed the CBSE to restore the moderation policy – which allows the provision of extra marks to students for difficult questions – for the time being.

A high-level meeting called by human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar today assumes significance as it is likely to deliberate on the High Court ruling. It is expected to be attended by CBSE chairman Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi and Department of School Education and Literacy secretary Anil Swarup, among others.

Terming the move as unfair and irresponsible, the Delhi High Court asked the CBSE to continue with the policy which was in place when the examination forms were submitted last year. This has brought a huge relief to students.

According to the PIL, the parent contended that the policy should not be done away with this year as decided by some states, since it would affect the students, especially those who have applied for admissions abroad.

The petition had said the policy was changed by way of a notification by CBSE after the exams for the year were held and hence would have a drastic impact on students.

The court also asked the board why it cannot implement the change in policy from next year as the results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in a few days.

The CBSE had in December last year requested the Human Resource Development ministry to help develop a consensus among all state boards on completely removing the marks moderation policy, which is considered as the reason behind very high scores in board exam results.

Moderation policy, awards examinees up to 15 per cent extra marks in certain papers that are deemed to be difficult. If the states decide to adopt the policy, then the soaring cut-offs for admission to colleges is likely to go down.

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