.........BHUBANESWAR: In a significant development in CBSE Class XII examination evaluation row, Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday directed the Central Board to adhere to the orders of Orissa High Court in letter and spirit. Javadekar issued the instruction after a meeting with a delegation of Odisha Abhibhabaka Mahasangha (OAM), which has been spearheading the cause of students, in New Delhi on Thursday.
The Minister has also asked the CBSE not to appeal against the decision of the HC on re-evaluation of answer sheets of students who had moved the court and withdraw the writ petition filed in the court to review the orders of re-evaluation.The students now can apply for copy of their answer sheets till June 30 and those not satisfied with the marks can appeal for re-evaluation after getting the order of the HC.
While the students had to sign an undertaking stating that the answer papers cannot be shared with a third agency or challenged in the court, Javadekar directed the CBSE to withdraw the provision.
After re-evaluation, if a student scores 10 or more than 10 marks than the original score, the CBSE will have to refund the fees deposited by the examinee. Besides, the option for re-evaluation after publication of results, which was stopped from this year, will continue from 2018.
Chairman of OAM Sudarshan Das said it is a significant victory for thousands of students and their parents, who were affected by the faulty evaluation, from Odisha West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. “The Union HRD Minister in strict terms said winning the confidence of the examinees is of paramount importance while conducting any examination,” Das added.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, who was present during the meeting, expressed displeasure over the ordeal and duress of a large number of parents and students from the three States. He expressed gratitude to Javadekar for taking cognisance of the grievances and addressing those duly.
May 28: CBSE announces results of Class XII examinations. Results of over 13,500 students of Bhubaneswar zone withheld. Though the result was published later, large scale discrepancies were reported in the marks
May 30: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeks personal intervention of Union HRD Minister to address the discrepancies
June 7: A single judge bench of Orissa High Court Biswanath Rath suggests aggrieved students to apply for re-evaluation of their answer sheets by 2 pm next day and asks CBSE to publish their results by June 10
June 13: The High Court asks the CBSE to re-evaluate answer sheets of 159 more students, who approached the court alleging discrepancies
June 14: CBSE replaces Regional Officer and sends two senior most officers from Delhi to interact and address the concerns of examinees
June 20: The HC issues show cause notice to Joint Secretary of CBSE for making ‘undesirable’ remarks on reevaluation order