New Delhi: The decision of abolition of Board exams and implementation of grading system in Class 10 by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been given a ‘go forth’ by the High Court while rejecting a petition challenging the decision.

Putting down the petition of Independent School Federation of India, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said, “This whole process is intended to bring about an improvement in the education system by making it more effective and useful and lessen the burden on children which is the need of the 21st century to survive with the ideology of globalisation.”

Justifying its order the bench further said that the CBSE has come up with this policy on the basis of the students’ aptitude.

It emphasised that education is a key aspect of civil society whose importance is increasing in modern times. Citing the example of a decision pronounced by the Supreme Court earlier, the bench said that education is an investment which the nation does so that it can reap the harvest of responsible youths in future who can fulfill their responsibility towards the nation.

Explaining its position of not being a specialist, it said that the policy of the CBSE is related to education and has been implemented after discussion with various groups.

The petitioner society had challenged the CBSE circular dated September 20, 2009 which directed all the schools to abolish Class 10 Board exams. In a circular released on September 29, it had also directed to implement grading system in Class 9 and 10.

Earlier, one member bench had disposed all petitions and asked the petitioner society to present its version before the CBSE. But on August 12, 2010, the CBSE dismissed its memorandum. The petitioner society had said, “This formula has limited validity and is a shortcut which will reduce the quality of education and affect the children adversely.”

(JPN/Bureau)