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Govt gets cracking on inflation of scores, school boards to ensure uniform marking for Class 12

Education Boards across India will be asked to stop inflating marks in Class 12 exams

education Updated: Jun 14, 2017 11:50 IST
The Centre has set up a panel to ensure uniform marking for students giving the Class 12 exam in 2018.
The Centre has set up a panel to ensure uniform marking for students giving the Class 12 exam in 2018. (Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times/For representation only)

The Centre has set up a panel to ensure uniform marking for students giving the Class 12 exam in 2018 by asking schools boards across India to stop inflating marks under the often abused practice of moderation leading to unusually high scores, sources have said.

The human resource development ministry, which set up the panel in April, also wants states to gradually shift to NCERT syllabus for core subjects such as mathematics and science while continuing with regional variations in languages and others courses.

The panel includes the CBSE, the largest school board in the country, the ICSE and six state boards. There are 32 school boards in India.

The moderation policy was in the news last month when the Delhi high court struck down the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to do away with moderation, which allows a board to add or subtract marks from a student’s final score.

The court said the CBSE should have informed students before the examination about the change in policy, asking the board to “do it next year”.

High scores lead to abnormally high cut-offs — sometimes touching 100% — for subjects such as mathematics and history for college admissions. Delhi University, for instance, sees a fierce competition for admissions to its colleges, which has limited seats and thousands of aspirants.

Introduced in 1992, moderation aims to ensure uniformity in the evaluation process, as boards usually have multiple sets of question papers for the Class 12 exam.

As many as 18,000 schools in the country are affiliated to the CBSE. Every state has its own school board, some of which use the policy to increase marks, thereby raising the overall pass percentage.

As reported by HT, the government set up the inter board working group headed by CBSE chairperson Rakesh Chaturvedi with members from Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Manipur and ICSE boards to address issues arising from the decisions taken on April 24.

The CBSE had also offered to prepare question papers for state boards to ensure the difficulty level was the same, sources said.

The ministry has decided not to include the score for extracurricular activities in the final marks tally. The score would be reflected separately on the mark sheet, preferably as grades.

The working group will start meeting once this year’s exam season is over, the ministry sources said, adding the Delhi high court’s order on moderation would give help in building consensus.