New Delhi: A plea by some senior secondary
schools, challenging the CBSE decision to introduce grading
system to evaluate Class IX and X students from academic year
2009-2010 was dismissed today by the Delhi High Court.
Turning down the plea by Independent Schools Federation
of India, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Sanjiv Khanna said the court would not like to interfere with
the Central Board of Secondary Education`s (CBSE) decision
which is a policy matter.
The high court`s division bench upheld the single judge`s
verdict which had endorsed CBSE`s decision saying the
education regulatory body had consulted the experts from the
field of education before introducing the new methodology.
"This court is not an expert to judge the decision of
CBSE that has been arrived at after undertaking detailed
exercise. It is a policy decision relating to education," the
Dismissing the schools` counsel`s arguments that the CBSE
decision was arbitrary and unconstitutional, the court said
"we are unable to persuade ourselves to accept the submission
of the petitioner counsel that the circular introducing the
new methodology of CBSE invites the frown of Article 14 of the
Constitution of India being unreasonable and arbitrary."
The court accepted the regulatory body`s reasoning for
introduction of grading system saying CBSE had intended to
make the system more effective.