The Best-Five case that was posted for final hearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday was adjourned by a week.
“The matter was not taken up as the advocates for the ICSE students said they wanted to file a reply to Maharashtra government’s petition,” said one of the lawyers arguing the case.
The ICSE lawyers sought a four-week adjournment but the SC granted them a week. In July, the state had filed an appeal in the SC after the Bombay High Court struck down the Best-Five scheme for SSC students.
The scheme took into account the best five subject scores of SSC students at the time of admission to junior college but did not extend it to ICSE students. In an interim order on July 13, the SC had upheld the scheme, while conditionally extending it to ICSE students.
The state posted a notification on its website formally announcing the Best-Five scheme as one of the amendments in the Maharashtra Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Boards Act, 1965. This means marksheets of SSC students will carry marks of all six subjects as well as the aggregate of the best-five scores. “This is just the formal procedure for amending the rules we had earlier decided on amending,” said a state official.