Stop inflating marks for Class XII: Central govt advised, 17 states agree

This is the Union HRD Ministry’s second attempt at stopping the practice of “moderation.” Last year, the Delhi High Court intervened and reversed the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to not inflate Class XII results on the ground that the move was last-minute.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: December 27, 2017 7:29 am
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AS many as 17 states have responded positively to the Centre’s appeal to end the practice of inflating Class XII Board marks in the garb of “moderation,” The Indian Express has learnt. On October 6, school education secretary Anil Swarup wrote to the heads of all state education boards advising them to completely avoid “bunching of marks” and “their spiking.” The inflation of results have led to unrealistic cut-off marks for admission to Delhi University in the past.

Sources said education boards of Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Telangana and Goa have replied in agreement to the Centre’s advice.

“They have either clarified that they don’t resort to inflation or are willing to reconsider their moderation policy in light of our letter,” said a senior official who did not wish to be identified.

Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Odisha are among states that are yet to respond.
This is the Union HRD Ministry’s second attempt at stopping the practice of “moderation.” Last year, the Delhi High Court intervened and reversed the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to not inflate Class XII results on the ground that the move was last-minute. This meant that marks were inflated even this year.
“Moderation” policy refers to a practice in which students get extra marks in subjects regarded “unusually difficult,” or if there have been differences in the sets of question papers.

So, in theory, moderation is meant to level the playing field but the suspicion is that some school boards are allegedly misusing it to inflate Class XII results to give their students a competitive edge in admission to higher education institutions.

Swarup’s fresh plea, dated October 6, advised states that the practice of giving grace marks can continue provided the policy is publicly declared and that weight to extra-curricular activities should be the same across all boards.

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  1. Vaishnav Mallya
    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:28 am
    Kerala Board also does the same. Inflation of marks leads to getting more marks than they deserve. CBSE students find it hard to get into A Grade Colleges in Kerala because both boards are taken into same consideration. It is not fair as both of the boards are having different standards.
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    1. A A.
      Dec 28, 2017 at 8:27 am
      Tamil Nadu is notorious for inflating marks of State Board students. Has been going on for almost twenty years.
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      1. Anmol Sharma
        Dec 27, 2017 at 9:40 pm
        “Moderation” policy stopping this year? It is not fare for this year student, already Exam form has been filled, now in the middle you can't change the rule of game in the middle ! Also it is not possible all state board will stop in this short span of time. The HRD minister sahab, please stay on it, keep “Moderation” policy for this year also.
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        1. Vaishnav Mallya
          Dec 28, 2017 at 9:33 am
          At least it is informed three months before. Last year, it was informed in February mid. You have time to prepare. All the best.
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