The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may desist from approaching the Supreme Court against the Delhi high court's order asking it not to do away with moderation of marks this year, even as the HRD ministry again directed the board on Thursday to announce Class XII results “on time“.
The ministry and CBSE officials had a second round of meeting with the legal counsel on Thursday , where a view has emerged that moving the SC on the moderation issue may turn out to be counter-productive and also delay results if SC refuses to intervene.
However, uncertainty continues on the date of the results as CBSE continued to be mum on the matter. After the Delhi HC's order, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had met the secretary of school education and the CBSE chairperson on Wednesday morning, where it was decided that legal opinion should be sought on the order.
“Based on legal opinion received by ministry (on Wednesday), it was decided that the board will not move the court. It has also been decided that moderation will be done based on the rules set (in the examination by laws of CBSE). However, there will not be `artificial' inflation of marks,“ said a senior HRD official.
Sources said CBSE is likely to stick to its five-point moderation policy .
On the backfoot ever since HC restrained it from scrapping the moderation of marks policy for this year, CBSE and the government again sought legal opinion on Thursday and consulted additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain for a way forward, since he had represented the board in court.
Sources told TOI that after studying the HC order, government's legal advisors, including ASG Jain, pointed out that there are no adverse comments by the court on the policy decision to scrap moderationspiking of marks. It is only the timing which had left HC worried about the future of children who took the Class X and XII board exam in the belief they will benefit from moderation in the same manner as previous batches.
Earlier in the day, Javade kar said there will be no delay in the results. However, there is no clarity on the exact date when Class XII results will be declared. Despite text messages and phone calls, R K Chaturvedi, chairperson, CBSE did not respond to queries.
CBSE's silence is also keeping many other education boards on tenterhooks and they have also deferred announcement of results till there is more clarity on the moderation issue. The Uttar Pradesh board, it is learnt, may wait till the first week of June to see whether CBSE moderate marks.