CBSE results declared: State boards fear ‘moderation’ will hit Class 12 students
CBSE’s pass percentage dipped from 83.05% in 2016 to 82.02% this year. Also, there’s a marginal dip in the number of students scoring above 90%Board exams 2017 Updated: Jun 20, 2017 18:21 IST
The Central Board of Secondary Education used its moderation policy to give marks in the class 12 school finals, a move several state boards fear might put their students in disadvantage during admission to popular colleges.
The CBSE adopted the policy in 1992 but decided with 32 state boards to scrap it this April. The Delhi high court directed the country’s biggest school board in May, days before the results were due, to put off the decision this year.
By then, eight state boards declared their results without following the practice in which students are awarded extra marks for unusually difficult questions in a particular subject or when there are differences in the sets of test papers.
In accordance with the court order, the CBSE declared its results on Sunday by tweaking marks from the total score of students. A number of states felt cheated, though they didn’t say that in as many words.
Punjab education minister Aruna Choudhary said marks moderation hides the “actual calibre” of a student.
“It should be scrapped as it would affect other boards. CBSE should let students know their actual capacity and accordingly they would choose their streams and make their careers.”
Officials in Karnataka, which has nixed moderation, said the southern state’s students might find it difficult to get admission in Delhi University colleges this year.
The state board’s pass percentage recorded a dip of 5% — from 57.2% in 2016 to 52.38% this year. This was the worst performance in Karnataka since 2012.
West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee suggested that the CBSE scrap the policy next year.
“Otherwise, it will be unfair for students of state boards that haven’t gone for moderation. Boards yet to do away with moderation should do it. There should be a uniform policy,” he said.
CBSE officials clarified that marks of high-scoring students were not increased. But those who fell short by “two-three marks” to reach the minimum grades for clearing the exam were adjusted.
The board’s pass percentage dipped from 83.05% in 2016 to 82.02% this year. Also, there’s a marginal dip in the number of students scoring above 90% — down from 63,387 last year to 63,247 this summer.
“We have only carried out moderation to bring uniformity in the evaluation process … No spiking of marks has been done in the garb of moderation,” a senior CBSE official said.
But 10,091 students scored above 95% marks, 740 more than last year, despite not getting the advantage of moderation.
The marking policy doesn’t apply to students scoring 95% and above.
The increase in scorers in this bracket might push up the cut-off marks for admission to Delhi University colleges. The first cut-off for most popular courses in DU was above 95% last year.
Delhi University will offer 56,000 seats in undergraduate courses this year.
More than a million students from 10,678 schools affiliated to the CBSE wrote the class 12 finals this year.
(with inputs from HTC Chandigarh, Bengaluru and Kolkata)