New Delhi, India: Students have the fundamental right to access their evaluated answer-sheets under the Right to Information Act and they can’t be charged for it. This was an order of the Supreme Court to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 2016. According to the report of The Hindu, the Board had earlier also charged Rs 700 per copy of an answer sheet in 2016.
On September 10, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a notice on a plea seeking action against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for disrespecting and violating its order. Despite the court’s direction, CBSE had published a notification prescribing fee of Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,200 for students of Class 10th and 12th to obtain the evaluated answer-sheets.
The petition has been filed by co-founders of the Whistle for Public Interest (WHIP) Kumar Shanu and Paras Jain. They have alleged that this is a clear violation of the Supreme Court verdict as per a report by Jagran Josh.
The examination body has been given 6 weeks to respond to the allegations against it.