NEW DELHI: The CBSE may have refused to provide information on the number of students seeking re-evaluation of their answer sheets, but Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah has said such details should be disclosed under the RTI Act.
Responding to CBSE's recent denial to provide details on the number of students seeking re-evaluation of answer sheets, Habibullah told PTI, "the information sought under the Act should be provided by the Board."
CBSE, in its reply to an application filed by a Delhi resident Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, had denied the information on grounds that it did not have a re-evaluation procedure in place.
The response provided by the Board includes a page from its rule book which revealed that answer books are maintained for a period of three months after which they are "disposed off in the manner as decided by the Chairman from time to time."
Seemingly concerned at a possible disposal of answer sheets thereby making them unavailable for further scrutiny, Habibullah said in such a situation the students should ask the Commission to direct CBSE to preserve their relevant answer sheets.
Interestingly, Board Chairman Ashok Ganguly had recently said "Once the answer script is evaluated, there is no question of any re-evaluation,".