UP Board will adopt CBSE’s decision on moderation: Official
The Delhi high court directed the CBSE on Tuesday to restore the moderation policy that allows the provision of extra marks to students for difficult questions for the time being.Board exams 2017 Updated: Jun 20, 2017 18:19 IST
The Uttar Pradesh Board of Secondary Education—the world’s biggest board—will follow whatever decision the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will take regarding moderation of marks in board examinations, a top official said on Wednesday.
The Delhi high court directed the CBSE on Tuesday to restore the moderation policy that allows the provision of extra marks to students for difficult questions for the time being.
The Union human resource development ministry decided on Wednesday to seek legal opinion on the Delhi high court order asking the board to continue with a marking policy that it recently decided to nix.
Moderation refers to manipulation of marks from the total score of students based factors such as difficulty levels in different sets of question papers.
“We are closely monitoring all developments in moderation policy that CBSE will follow in light of Delhi high court new directives. We will replicate their policy to protect the interest of our students,” UP Board’s secretary Shail Yadav told the Hindustan Times over the phone.
“We have written a letter to the CBSE chairman requesting him to share their point of view on moderation policy else it will be difficult for our students to compete with CBSE students in this competitive era. The UP Board has deputed an officer to remain in touch with CBSE official. Whatever they give us in writing, we will work and follow accordingly,” she added.
The results of UP board are expected to be announced in the first week of June. This year, 60,61,034 students appeared in the high school and intermediate exams - 34,04,715 in Class 10 and 26,56,319 in Class 12 under the UP Board - an official said.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), however, has not made any announcement yet, over its stand on moderation policy in the light of latest development.
“Students bear expectations regarding the results and considering the performance and results of yesteryears, I can say that a sudden change in policy might become a setback for students. Any such moderation should not come as a setback to the students,” Abha Anant, principal of City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar branch said.
“If moderation is happening in other boards, then I think it should happen in ICSE board as well. Students will be at a disadvantage when appearing for university entrance examinations. Considering cutoffs of different universities, our students might face the disadvantage of not having moderation in their board,” Anant added.
Educationists and experts in Lucknow said there should be a level playing field for one and all.
“To provide a level playing field, there should be a uniform policy regarding marks for the state and national boards,” Dr Amrita Dass, educationist and career consultant, said.
Also, the practice of giving abnormally high marks like 100% in subjects with essay type questions must be rationalised as results in the ‘dumbing down’ of education wherein a high percentage often does not represent the true potential of the student, she said.