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CBSE tells Delhi University: Don’t let our students suffer

CBSE has decided not to artificially “spike” marks scored by Class XII students in the board results which will be announced by May 24.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2017 11:05 pm
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The Central Board of Secondary Education chairman, R K Chaturvedi, has asked Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi to award “appropriate weightage” to CBSE students for admission to undergraduate programmes this year so that they do not lose out to candidates from other state boards that inflate their Class XII results.

This was a resolution adopted by 32 schools boards in a meeting organised by CBSE and attended by School Education Secretary Anil Swarup on April 24. So, for the first time in several years, the board results are expected to register a drop in marks scored.

Guarding CBSE students against any disadvantage that could be caused by some of the state boards that do not honour their commitment, Chaturvedi, in a letter to Tyagi dated May 9, requested him to tweak DU’s admission policy to introduce some concession for CBSE students this year.

Read | CBSE Class 12th results 2017 to be declared on May 28, see how to download scorecards

“CBSE, being a national board, intends to adopt the consensus developed in the (April 24) meeting to do away with moderation of marks in senior secondary examination from the current year examination i.e. 2017 itself so as to set the trend for other state secondary examination to adopt it on priority,” says Chaturvedi in the letter.

“However, different state secondary boards may do away with moderation for the next year as they are in the midst of result preparation during the current year. Therefore, this would place CBSE students at a disadvantage during admission process in the University of Delhi for the session 2017-18,” he says.

“In view of the above, I would request University of Delhi to consider awarding appropriate weightage to the students of CBSE applying for admission in Delhi University during the academic year 2017-18 to promote awarding of factual marks by other state secondary boards and do away with unfair practice of upward inflation of marks,” he says.

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‘Moderation’ is a common practice adopted by most school education boards to bring uniformity in the evaluation process. In other words, marks scored by students in Class X and XII are tweaked to align the marking standards of different examiners, to maintain parity of pass percentage of candidates across years, to compensate students for difficulties experienced in solving a question in specified time and also for the difference in the difficulty level of different sets of question papers provided for the same subject.

However, the practice has been misused to artificially spike board marks, which in turn forced the country’s best universities to set a very high eligibility bar for applicants. For instance, the number of students scoring 95 per cent and above in the Class XII examination conducted by CBSE rose 23 times in six years, from 384 in 2008 to 8,971 in 2014. For the last few years, DU has witnessed 100 per cent cut-off in many subjects during admission season.

It’s not clear if Tyagi has agreed to CBSE’s request as the university is set to kick off its admission process on May 22. Tyagi did not respond to calls and SMSes from The Indian Express. Chaturvedi was also not available for comment.

While the CBSE board results are still a week away, a few state boards have already discontinued moderation, which has resulted in a drop in results. The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 12 results, declared on Saturday, saw a dip of 14 per cent in the overall pass percentage as compared to last year. The Karnataka Board Class X results witnessed a drop of 7.24 per cent in the pass percentage.

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  1. P
    May 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm
    It will affect students applying to foreign universities as they have asked cutoffs for India students according to trends for last few years. Most universities give conditional offer and wait to results to give final offer. If Indian students will not meet the cutoff, they will lose the admission offer. This is not the right thing to do at this stage as it will really affect Indian students set to go abroad.
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      Florence Raju
      May 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm
      Why should students go through all this stress. Students should have been instructed before even their model exams so that they will not be too dependent on the moderation marks. Three students in Karnataka SSLC 10th exam 2017 have secured centum. Where will the students of boards like CBSE or even ISCE/ISC stand in this compe ion for admissions in university colleges if moderation marks are removed this year? Even the schools offering 11th and 12th admission, have high cut off marks. Why should 2017/18 batch suffer? The elections caused enough disruption to the exam dates and still results are awaited.
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        1. D
          May 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm
          As far as I remember, I have some state toppers who does'nt even score more than 85 . CBSE on the other hand has students score as high as 99 . CBSE is lenient with marks. You can see many CBSE students who score more than 90 but are not the toppers. DU should not be lenient with the CBSE students.
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            Fazal Subair
            May 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm
            Because of you guys, we CBSE students are suffering the most. The students studing in state board is recieving more liberal mark valuation and they are getting a good percentage of marks. Even though we are trying our max and writing the exams, you guys are giving us the less marks. The examination this year was too tough and we tried our best to score more. And the results are even getting dela ... Atleast just try to publish the result ASAP as we could get admission in some good colleges....
            1. S
              May 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm
              Plz bhai rethink what a stupid stuff have u written... 😕😕
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