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Delhi high court verdict unlikely to delay CBSE’s Class 12 results

Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar has called a high-level meeting to deliberate on the court ruling. It will be attended by CBSE chairman Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi and Department of School Education and Literacy secretary Anil Swarup, among others.

education Updated: Jul 02, 2017 17:11 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
CBSE,Moderation policy,Exam results
CBSE students at the St Thomas' School exam centre before appearing for the Class 12 exams earlier this year. (Ravi Choudhary/HT photo)

The Class 12 results of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are likely to be declared this week, despite the confusion arising from a Delhi high court ruling against the scrapping of the moderation policy for this academic year.

“The results are not likely to be delayed. Even if we have to apply the moderation policy, it will not cause a lot of delay because everything is done scientifically,” said a source.

The high court on Tuesday directed the CBSE to restore the moderation policy – which allows the provision of grace marks to students for difficult questions – for the time being. The board had decided to scrap it with immediate effect last month, apparently in an effort to “remove arbitrariness and inflation of marks” as far as the results are concerned.

According to sources, human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar has called a high-level meeting to deliberate on the court ruling. It will be attended by CBSE chairman Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi and Department of School Education and Literacy secretary Anil Swarup, among others.

Sources said CBSE officials have not received the final order from the court, and will be able to understand more about the application of the moderation policy only after studying it.

Last year, minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwaha had told the Lok Sabha that the element of subjectivity in evaluation helps the moderation policy bring about much-needed parity. “As far as the CBSE is concerned, it adopts the moderation policy to bring uniformity in the evaluation process, to bring parity due to the element of subjectivity in evaluation, to level up mean achievements due to the difference in difficulty level of various sets of question papers, to maintain parity of pass percentage of candidates through the years, and to compensate the candidates for difficulties experienced in answering questions in the specified time,” he said.

Kushwaha was responding to a question on the CBSE’s moderation policy in the Class 12 board examinations. He was asked if many state boards grant additional marks in the name of standardisation, and whether the CBSE does so too.

The minister said that the state boards follow their own evaluation system, and the Centre plays no role in the process.

What is moderation?

Moderation is the process of adding/subtracting percentage marks from the total score of students, based on the difficulty level of different sets of question papers – among other factors. It is carried out to bring uniformity in the evaluation process.

How it is applied?

Marks scored by students are changed keeping in mind the difficulty level of different sets of papers, marking standards of different examiners, and the difficulty faced by the student in answering a question in the specified time. For example, if there are three different sets of papers, and set A has a difficulty level of 90%, B has 80%, and C has 70%, the board will use the moderation policy to decide how much each set has to achieve to be on a par with them.

Since when has it been in application?

CBSE has been carrying out this practice since 1992, when multiple sets of question papers were introduced.

Is it the same as grace marks?

No, grace marks are awarded to students to improve the pass percentage.

How does it affect the score of a student?

Under moderation done by the CBSE, the score of a student who has secured 80-85% can be increased to 95%. However, a candidate who has scored 95% or more will not get any extra marks.

First Published: May 23, 2017 22:19 IST