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No Class 10 Maths re-test after scientific evaluation : CBSE to HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CBSE today told the that it decided not to hold re-examination of class 10 Maths as a scientific evaluation of random answer sheets did not indicate any unusual pattern to believe that there was widespread benefit of the alleged paper leak.

The Central Board of (CBSE) made the submission in an affidavit in which it said it was not conducting the re-for another reason -- class 10 is a gateway to class 11 and therefore "remains largely an internal segment of school system".

The affidavit was filed in response to a PIL, being heard by a bench of Acting and Justice C Hari Shankar, in which an NGO had sought that CBSE be directed to hold the class 10 exam in April, if required, and not in July as it had proposed earlier.

The court had asked the Board to indicate by April 16 its plans, if any, to re-conduct the Maths for class 10.

Subsequently, CBSE had issued a notification on April 3 saying it will not hold re-examination of the class 10 Maths paper.

In its latest affidavit, CBSE cited reasons for its decision and said "the Board triggered a scientific approach to take a considered view after seeing the general trend emerging out of a random evaluation of the class 10 Mathematics exam on priority basis.

"Accordingly, evaluation of class 10 Mathematics was taken up and same did not indicate spikes or unusual patterns, giving any impression of widespread benefits of the alleged paper leak."

The affidavit, filed through Amit Bansal, had also said that the had set up a on April 3 to examine the entire system of conducting class 10 and 12 exams by CBSE.

The CBSE's reply came on NGO Social Jurist's plea, filed through Ashok Agarwal, also seeking a court-monitored probe into the recent leaks of the Maths and Economics question papers of class 10 and 12, respectively.

The petition had also sought a direction to liberal marks to the students in Maths and Economics re-examination.

The court on the last date of hearing had asked the CBSE how could it wait till July to re-conduct the test and keep the students on "tenterhooks" till then. It had also observed that such a step would not only waste an academic year of the students, but would also be akin to keeping "a sword hanging over their heads."

The CBSE has already decided to re-conduct the Class 12 Economics examination on April 25.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:15 IST