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CBSE official reprimanded by HC in Class XII results discrepancy case




 The Orissa High Court today filed a suo motu contempt of court case against a high ranking official of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in connection with alleged discrepancies in publication of Class-XII exam results in Bhubaneswar zone.

The HC filed the suo motu case against the Joint Secretary of CBSE, New Delhi, Manoj Srivastav. Sources said HC has directed the top official of the CBSE to furnish his reply by July 3. The court has also asked the board to submit answer sheets of 18 students, whose re-evaluation was earlier conducted. The board has further asked CBSE to submit the answer sheets by noon tomorrow, sources said.

CBSE Class XII results row is far from over with the Odisha Parents’ Association alleging that the board has been seeking undertaking from the students for providing their answer sheets. The board has asked the students to submit an undertaking which states that they cannot question the scores awarded to them after re-valuation. It further states that the aggrieved students cannot provide duplicate copies of the re-evaluated answer sheets to the schools or media and cannot approach the court in this regard, the association said.

Sources said as many as 541 students who had appeared the CBSE Class XII examinations this year from Bhubaneswar Region on June 19 moved the Orissa High Court seeking re-evaluation of their answer papers. This is the third time students have knocked the doors of the HC. In the first phase, 18 students had filed petitions while 159 students moved the court in the second, they added. The aggrieved students from different parts of Odisha have been camping in the city for the last two weeks with a hope of getting additional marks through re-evaluation.

 While the results of the first batch of 18 students have been published after re-evaluation in accordance with the HC orders, the second batch is awaiting their scores. In 2016, the CBSE had scrapped its age-old practice of board exam paper revaluation as only few applicants applied for it. Currently, the board does only verification and not re-evaluation. Recently, the Delhi High Court orally observed that the CBSE should not have done away with its re-evaluation policy as it also makes mistakes in evaluation of answer sheets.






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