Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article


Home > News > PTI

No disclosure of answer sheets under RTI

April 24, 2007 15:18 IST

Related Articles
'RTI is a great boon for citizens of India'
Beware, empowered citizens bare corruption

Coming as a heartbreak for thousands of students appearing in various competitive as well as academic examinations, the Central Information Commission has ruled against the disclosure of answer sheets under the Right to Information Act.

"With regard to public examinations conducted by institutions established by the Constitution like UPSC or institutions established by any enactment of Parliament like CBSE, Staff Selection Commission, universities, etc, disclosure of answer sheets would result in rendering the system unworkable," the CIC said in its full bench decision.

The bench headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah was hearing RTI appeals against five public authorities, seeking disclosure of answer sheets of different examinations.

"It is a matter of common knowledge that parents and students are never satisfied with their assessment. Every University and Board has a mechanism for re-valuation which can be made use by those who have genuine apprehensions about the fairness of the system," the CIC observed.

The Commission which accepted CBSE's plea that such disclosures would tender the system unworkable, recommended introducing a system where evaluated answer sheets are given back to students as a regular practice.

In contrast, it however, held that public authorities which conducted examinations for filling up posts, either by promotion or recruitment, should disclose such answer sheets as part of 'general rule'.



© Copyright 2007 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

Advertisement