The Central Board of Senior Secondary has informed the Delhi High Court that the decision not to conduct re-examination of the Class 10 mathematics paper, which was allegedly leaked, was taken after doing a trend analysis of Science, Maths and English papers.
The CBSE said it was a considered decision and they cannot put lakhs of students in difficulty just for one student who wanted a re-test of Maths.
A bench of Justices Gita Mittal and C. Hari Shankar posed several questions to the counsel for the student, who has been seeking re-conduct of the exam. The court asked the counsel for the student as to what was the difficulty and anxiety about the Maths exam and why he was insisting on a fresh exam.
"How you client (student) is affected with the decision of not conducting a re-test. When you are asking for such a radical relief, you have to see it in an overall perspective. They have done a trend analysis of not only Maths paper but also science and English to see there are no spikes of leakage," the bench said.
The court, which listed the matter for further hearing on July 23, noted that the petition does not utter one word on the prejudice caused to the student and that sometimes advocates must look at larger public interest.
During the hearing, the bench said the counsel should call the student in the court as it wanted to know why she was seeking a fresh examination. CBSE’s advocate Amit Bansal placed the records relating to the board’s decision not to conduct re-examination of class 10 mathematics paper.
The court had earlier dismissed a plea seeking rescheduling of the re-examination of the Class 12 economics paper, which the CBSE has decided to conduct on April 25 following an alleged leak.
The CBSE, in its affidavit, had earlier said it had decided not to hold re-examination of Class 10 Maths test 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.