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No disclosure of answer sheets under RTI
April 24, 2007 15:18 IST
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'.