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CBSE results will be declared on time, promises Javadekar

'There is no need to worry about court order, justice will be done to all'

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results for Class X and XII would be declared on time.

"The CBSE will soon announce the date. There is no need to worry about the court order. Justice will be done for all," Mr. Javadekar told the media.

Grace marks

The Minister's assurance came amid confusion after the Delhi High Court directed the CBSE not to implement this year its decision on scrapping the grace marks policy. The court issued the order while hearing a public interest litigation petition which sought that the policy be not scrapped this year as it would otherwise impact the prospects of Class 12 students who have already applied for institutions abroad.

The CBSE issued the notification, abolishing the practice, after the examinations were over last month.

However, on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court directed the Board to evaluate the Class X and XII examinees this year as per the grace marks policy.

While it was not clear if the order would be challenged in the Supreme Court, it is learnt that the Board, to which more than 18,500 schools are affiliated, is consulting the Ministry to determine the further course of action.

Practice abolished

Under the moderation policy, students were given grace marks as per the difficulty level of questions. However, last month, the CBSE and 32 other boards decided to abolish the practice. Some of the State boards have already declared Class XII marks.

Although the High Court appreciated the move as it attempted to bring in uniformity in the evaluation system, it said the decision should have been taken prospectively. The next date of hearing of the PIL is scheduled for July 20.
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