Students Must Get To Take Home Question Papers : Bombay HC

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In a landmark judgement, the Bombay high court on Tuesday directed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to show the MHT-CET 2012 question paper of physics and chemistry to a student to check if the key answers of these subjects are correct, while observing that students must be given their question papers.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Ashwini Patankar (17), challenging the “unusually low marks” she secured in the physics and chemistry paper. Her petition said that despite her excellent academic record in which she secured 97 out of 100 in biology, she got just 63 out of 100 in physics and chemistry.

On June 21, 2012, the DMER said after a verification of her original answer sheets and key answers of the question paper version 22, there was no change in Ashwini’s marks. Ashwini was given a copy of her answer sheet and key answers. She noted that in the key answer sheet, the DMER had made a mistake in framing two questions and for which students were given full marks. But Ashwini’s plea said without a copy of the question paper, she did not know what the question was and if the key answer was correct. DMER officers told her that she cannot question the correctness of the key answers or whether it was wrongly fed in the computer.

The Judges relied on a Supreme Court judgement, delivered in 2011, in which the SC had questioned the secrecy of question papers when students have already read them.

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