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Disparity in results leads to scepticism whether CBSE ‘moderated’ answer papers

Answer sheets are moderated to compensate for discrepancies and to level up the students’ marks in difficult papers

education Updated: Jun 03, 2017 14:38 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
Mumbai students celebrate their success.
Mumbai students celebrate their success. (Bachchan Kumar)

Though the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had decided not to challenge the Delhi high court’s order, which stated that they must continue moderating marks, the Class 12 results declared on Saturday have led to scepticism among schools over whether papers of all subjects were moderated.

According to a press statement released by the board, answer sheets are moderated to compensate for discrepancies and to level up the students’ marks in difficult papers. However, schools said the results of the examination do not indicate that the papers were moderated.

As different examiners allocate marks according to their own standards, papers are moderated to compensate for this practice. However, moderation has been blamed for ‘inflated marks’.

On Sunday, schools said the overall performance and number of students joining the 90s club varied across schools. In Chennai region, to which Maharashtra belongs, the number of students passing the exams remained unchanged at 92.6%, but it plunged down to 82.02% from 83.05% nationally.

For the third year in a row, not a single student from Mumbai made it to the list of the country’s top-four high scorers released by the CBSE. In Mumbai, Rhytha Kasiraj, from DAV Public School, Nerul was the highest scorer, securing 98.8% in the science stream. A medical aspirant, she bagged 100 of 100 marks in mathematics and physics, papers that are usually considered tough to crack. “My parents showed me the result after I came home from the AIIMS MBBS exam, I was not surprised, I expected to do well,” said Kasiraj.

Mumbai schools were unsure of whether board had moderated marks this year, given the disparity in the results. They admit that scores have not been inflated this year. At RN Podar School, Santacruz, the number of students scoring above 90% dropped from 50% to 41% this year. The highest score dipped from 98.2% to 98%. “The overall results are not exciting this year. It is evident that the board has taken corrective steps to bring down the inflation of marks ,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz. “In the past few years, the number of students scoring above 95% and 100 out of 100 in subjects such as engineering graphics was high. This year, there are limited high scores.”

In contrast, many other schools saw an improvement in results this year. They suspect that papers of only a few subjects were moderated. The number of students scoring above 90% increased significantly in some schools. At Delhi Public School, Navi Mumbai, nearly 60% students bagged above 90%, raising the school aggregate to 88.99%. “Our performance is much better this year. The school’s aggregate is the highest among other DPS schools in the country,” said J Mohanty, principal of the school.

The top score at Bal Bharti Public School, Navi Mumbai, jumped from 95.8% to 97%, and students’ performance shot up, especially in English. However, the school said that the board needs to issue a statement to clarify how the marking was done. “I am unsure if the board had time to moderate all the marks in a such a short span, between deciding not to challenge Delhi HC order and announcing the results,” said Ganesh Parameswaran, principal, Bal Bharti Public School, Navi Mumbai. “Last year, not a single student scored 100 out of 100 in any subject. This year, one scored full marks in physics. English scores, which are usually poor, are high this year.”

Similarly, schools said weak students did not receive grace marks.“I can see that grace marks have not been given to weak students. Students who scored 99 marks, did not get a rounded figure of 100. This means that there was no moderation,” said Kalpana Dwivedi, principal, St Joseph High School, Panvel.

First Published: May 28, 2017 20:51 IST

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