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Delhi HC dismisses plea to change date of CBSE Class 12 economics test, re-exam to be conducted on 25 April

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking rescheduling of the re-examination of the class XII economics paper, which the CBSE has decided to conduct on 25 April following an alleged leak.

The court also asked the CBSE to place before it the records relating to the board's decision not to conduct the re-examination of class X mathematics examination, which also was allegedly leaked, after a plea seeking a re-test came up.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The bench asked the CBSE advocate to find out the reasons for the decision for not reconducting the examination and listed the plea filed by a student for 20 April.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar rejected the plea filed by an NGO, Suniye, seeking to either change the date of re-examination of class XII exam or make it optional on the ground that the decided date was close to some entrance examinations, including National Defence Academy (NDA) and engineering.

The court said it was the CBSE's decision to reconduct the exam and was outside its purview.

The bench said a judicial notice has been taken of the fact that there can be no date fixed to the satisfaction of all and rescheduling of the re-test was beyond the jurisdiction of the court.

"Whether to hold an exam or not, it is up to the CBSE. It is not up to the court to decide. It is outside our purview. As you are saying NDA exam is clashing. 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 court said.

During the hearing, the court was informed by CBSE advocate Amit Bansal that it has issued a notification that class 10th maths examination will not be reconducted as they cannot afford to hold it again and make over 16 lakh students appear in it.

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

The court was hearing a PIL, in which NGO Social Jurist 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 10th paper.

The CBSE, in its affidavit, had earlier said it had decided not to hold re-examination of class X maths test as a scientific evaluation of random answer sheets did not indicate any unusual pattern to believe that there was widespread benefit of the alleged paper leak.

It had said it was not conducting the re-test for another reason that class X was a gateway to class XII and therefore "remains largely an internal segment of school education system".

The NGO had also sought a court-monitored probe into the recent leak of the maths and economics question papers of class X and XII respectively.


Updated Date: Apr 16, 2018 18:12 PM

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