The novel technique adopted by the Nationwide Institute of Open Education (NIOS) to evaluate college students primarily based on efficiency of others college students prior to now three public examinations caught the eye of the Supreme Court docket which agreed to scrutinize the newly launched scheme on Friday. NIOS issued the evaluation scheme on July 10 after remaining exams for Class 10 and 12 scheduled to begin from July 17 had been scrapped in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Are you able to award marks primarily based on different college students’ evaluation,” said advocate Rishi Malhotra earlier than a 3-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar whereas inviting the Court docket’s consideration to Clause 5(c) of the Evaluation Scheme launched by NIOS. Malhotra appeared for a mother or father from Chennai whose son had given two exams (Arithmetic, Information Entry Operation) in October 2019 and had registered for the remaining three topics (English, Accountancy, Science & Know-how) to be held in March/April this yr.
The clause 5(c) stated, “For all learners who’ve previous efficiency (i.e. handed) in 1 or 2 topics, their concept efficiency will likely be calculated primarily based on the common efficiency in concept of final three Public examinations in these topic for which the learner was registered to look within the examination which couldn’t be held in March/April 2020.”
Explaining this scheme to the Court docket, Malhotra stated, “To place it merely, the respondent Board will award marks to the current scholar by taking a mean of the final Three public examinations of the identical cancelled topic which have been carried out by different college students. This was by no means in contemplation of the Court docket when it allowed NIOS to go forward with the evaluation scheme.”
The scheme in its entirety was not challenged as college students who had appeared/taken three or 4 examinations had been to be assessed primarily based on the most effective three/two carried out examinations.
The bench, additionally comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, requested Malhotra, “What number of college students are affected by this scheme.” Malhotra was showing for just one scholar. This scholar had prime scored with 97 and 93 marks within the two examinations taken final yr.
The petition said, “For a scholar like within the instantaneous case who has been virtually a topper in every topics securing greater than 95% marks to be now advised that he/she could be awarded marks on the idea of efficiency of different college students in previous examinations could be nothing however inflicting misery, nervousness and for positive lesser marks.”
The bench agreed to look at this facet and directed the petition to be served on the NIOS by its counsel current in Supreme Court docket. The matter has been saved for listening to on Friday. The petitioner prayed to the Court docket to both award him marks primarily based on his efficiency prior to now two carried out topics. Within the alternate, the coed’s mom demanded that just like CBSE scheme, the speculation papers that acquired cancelled must be assessed primarily based on efficiency in inner/sensible/challenge evaluation.