ICSE: Answer Sheets and Re-evaluation possible according to the CIC
Mumbai: The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) which is private in nature was recently brought into the scope of the RTI Act by the Central Information Commission (CIC). The litigator's request for his son's answer sheet copies of six subjects was rejected post which the ruling was issued. As per the CISCE rule book, the verification of marks can be done but at an exorbitant amount of Rs. 4000 for all the papers Kaushik's father had asked for.
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The new rule states that students will now be able to get their answer sheet copies and will also be able to apply for re-evaluation. The CIC order states, "An examining body like CISCE might have an intellectual property right over the question paper, but they do not have any such right over answer sheets of students. Without sharing evaluated answer sheets, the board cannot assure justice to students who, at times, might be victims of unreasonable evaluation. It is not proper on the part of this prestigious council to leave students remedy-less in such situations of injustice."
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Two high court judgements stated that CISCE was not public in nature however the current ruling by the CIC surpassed the previous two judgements. The CIC stated in its order that, "The issue is not whether it is a public authority but whether it should be accountable or not." The Supreme Court had earlier directed a similar order for CBSE.