The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday told the Supreme Court that a detailed scorecard of the entire class cannot be provided to some class 10 pass-out students who have alleged that an Odisha-based school denied it as it had to "conceal its malpractices" in awarding marks.
In an affidavit submitted before the Apex Court by CBSE, it was stated that when the issue was published as a news item in a local newspaper in August 2021, the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) took suo motu cognizance of the same and subsequently directed to form a three-member committee to conduct an inquiry into the matter, reported LiveLaw.
The plea, which was filed by 24 students who have passed out class 10 from a school in Odisha, has sought a direction to the CBSE to review and declare their result afresh based on the board's evaluation policy of May 1, 2021, after collecting the correct record from the school.
"It was concluded in the Inquiry Report that by going through all the activities of result committee in respect of Class X 2021 of aforesaid school, the Committee was of the opinion that the school prepared the result of Class X students as per the Tabulation Policy and subsequent FAQ's issued by the CBSE," the affidavit stated.
The petition, filed through advocate Ravi Prakash, has urged the top court to direct an inquiry against the school "for illegally demanding money and putting undue pressure to take admission in class 11 in the same school to get good scores in class 10".
In an affidavit, filed by the controller of examinations, the CBSE said that the petitioners are not entitled to claim the attendance sheet of the entire class 10 for each examination and each subject.
"I, therefore, submit that the petitioners are entitled to know their internal assessment marks, the highest average in the preceding three years and the marks assigned by the result committee to them, from their school but that does not mean that they can claim the attendance sheet, report of result committee and detailed scorecard of all the students of class X of their school," the controller of examinations has said in the affidavit.
It further said that the petitioners had written a letter to the CBSE in August last year claiming that the school had reduced their marks in class 10 and poor-performing students were awarded very good marks.
It further said an exemplary cost may be imposed on the school for causing mental trauma and harassment to the petitioner students while alleging that marks of students, who were denied to take admission in class 11 in the same school, were illegally deducted.
(With PTI Inputs)