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Class 10, 12 Board exams: No spiking of marks from next year, says HRD ministry

An HRD ministry advisory to schools and CBSE points out that the practice of awarding moderation marks should be done away with, except in cases of ambiguity in question papers

education Updated: Oct 07, 2017 09:17 IST
An HRD ministry advisory to schools and CBSE points out that the practice of awarding moderation marks should be done away with, except in cases  of ambiguity in question papers
An HRD ministry advisory to schools and CBSE points out that the practice of awarding moderation marks should be done away with, except in cases of ambiguity in question papers(HT photo)

New Delhi: Spiking of marks in class 10 and 12 class board exams will stop from next year. The human resource development (HRD) ministry has issued an advisory to all states and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to stop the practice.

However, school boards will continue with a moderation policy to grant marks for papers with “difficult” or “ambiguous” questions in exam papers and offer a level playing field to all students in the evaluation process. CBSE levels up the mean achievements in the set-wise performance of the candidates, attributable to the difference in the difficulty level of different sets of question papers in the multiple-set scheme.

These recommendations have been made by the inter-board working group headed by the CBSE’s former chairman RK Chaturvedi. The group has members from Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Manipur and ICSE boards and was formed to look into the issues related to the moderation policy.

HT had first reported on the issue of moderation to be adopted by all states on April 14.

According to a senior official, two meetings of the inter bard group were held and it has been decided to recommend implementation of several issues from the current academic session.

“The weightage of extra-curricular activities should be same across all the boards. Boards should show performance of students in extra-curricular activities separately on the marks statement rather than adding them into their scholastic performance,” reads the advisory by the ministry.

The moderation policy and quantum of moderation given, if any, should also be disclosed by all boards on their websites on a year to year basis.

CBSE had decided to do away with the spiking of marks and consensus was being built among states to do the same. Some state boards use the moderation system to increase marks of their students, spiking the overall pass percentage.

“Doing away with the practice of moderation of marks, except as mentioned above, is a policy decision and will be successful only if all boards implement them simultaneously and in a transparent manner. CBSE has already indicated its commitment to implementing this. Other boards are expected to follow suit”.

The ministry has also asked states to submit an action taken report regarding implementation of this.

An HRD ministry advisory on the matter has been issued to all states by Anil Swarup, secretary, department of school education and literacy, HRD ministry. The practice of awarding grace marks will continue for students who need just a few marks to pass their exams, but this information has to be disclosed on the school and state board ’s websites.

The advisory points out that the practice of awarding moderation marks should be done away with, except in cases of ambiguity in question papers, variation in difficulty levels on some sets of papers handed out to students (if multiple sets system exists in the board) and vagaries in the evaluation system, based on statistical analysis.

“Bunching of marks and their spiking should be completely avoided”. The practice of awarding grace marks should continue to pass their borderline cases (students who are failing by a few marks), the advisory has said.