New Delhi: Slamming a private school for shifting a student from science to commerce in the middle of the academic year, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed CBSE to frame guidelines for schools to follow in allotting subject streams to students so that their career is not be at stake.

Justice Hima Kohli directed the education body to frame the guidelines and circulate it within six weeks for the compliance of schools and issued a slew of directions to the New Era Public school in Mayapuri for the "mistake" committed by it while allocating the Non-Medical Science stream with computers to Karan Raj Singh in class-XI.

"The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) is directed to issue guidelines to be followed by schools affiliated to it and duly circulated by it within six weeks for schools to make the compliances," the court said.

The court accepted the school's argument that Singh was ineligible as he had scored 5.8 grade point which was far less than the required grade point of 6.7 in the science subject.

The court directed the school to allow Singh to sit in the commerce classes and also provide him special classes. "The school shall make good the loss of classes in the commerce stream suffered by him by giving him special classes without burdening him or his parents with any additional fee", it said.

Accepting the school's argument that it was an inadvertent mistake on the part of the teacher who had wrongly considered Singh's grade points in other subjects instead of
science while allowing his application for Non-Medical Science stream with computers in June last year, the court directed the school not to charge any fee from him for the next six
months.

The school was further directed to bear the expenses in buying of the books and study  material by the petitioner for the commerce class.

The school was also asked to adjust Singh's attendance and give him the benefit of Unit Test 1 and 2 undertaken by the petitioner while attending the science class.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Singh through his father alleging that he was given admission in science class in June last year but he was not allowed to attend the classes in July.

According to the petitioner, he was told that he was given admission in commerce, which was challenged by him in the high court.

In an interim order, the high court had allowed Singh to attend the science class, subject to the outcome of the petition which was later vacated while imposing certain conditions on the school.

(Agencies)