CBSE extends date for re-checking of answer scripts and providing photocopies


Amid the row surrounding the re-evaluation of the board exam papers, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that the review petition will be listed for hearing before the Odisha High Court on Friday and a committee has been formed to oversee process of marking.

"CBSE, being a responsive Board, has provision for verification of marks to facilitate students to avail the provision of rechecking of answer scripts where totaling of marks is done again, posting of marks on cover page of answer scripts is rechecked, intactness of supplementary answer scripts and un-assessed question, if any, is assessed afresh".

On the submission made by the CBSE, the bench disposed of the petitions. The first panel will look into the evaluation and post-examination processes to identify discrepancies and suggest corrective measures. But following the news coverage, students started demanding for an extension.

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However, CBSE said that it had received requests for verification of marks from only 2.47 per cent of the students.

On Tuesday, Anil Swarup, Secretary (school education) at the Human Resources Development Ministry, and RK Chaturvedi, chairperson of CBSE, decided that though the problem might have been there for the past three-four years, CBSE should work towards systemic changes to avoid such discrepancies from the next year. The students have also sought parity with an Orissa High Court order directing CBSE to re-evaluate the answer sheets of 150 students of that state.

It also asked the CBSE to explain how zero marks were awarded to one of the students when the answer was correct as per the marking scheme. This has prompted many students to take the Right To Information (RTI) route instead of directly applying for the photocopies.