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26 April 2017

CBSE aims at level scoring field and enhancing transparency

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NEW DELHI, APRIL 26 (ENA) The nation’s major school board, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) seems to be moving towards creating a level playing field and enhancing transparency. Supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), CBSE has categorically decided to finish off the policy of ‘moderation’ of results in that it won’t, henceforth, award students extra marks in exams for difficult questions, said to be the reason behind inflated scores in Class 12 board exams — which in turn lead to impossibly high cut-offs.

This tantamounts to a withdrawal from the past when the CBSE and state boards used to dole out between 10% and 15% extra marks in ‘difficult’ subjects such as mathematics and physics in the name of moderation.

This means that the scores of students getting 80% to 85% were enhanced, but someone getting 95% or above did not benefit from this.

 Not just was this unfair to those who were scoring 95% on their own, it also drove a few Delhi University colleges to set up an unrealistic 100% as the first cut-off during admissions to undergraduate programmes.

The CBSE hopes other state boards will follow suit. More than two crore students in India appear in Class 10 and around 1.5 crore in Class 12 exams conducted by more than 40 education boards.

Another move towards transparency is a mention on mark sheets of extra marks given to Class 12 students to help clear a paper. Identified in student parlance as “grace marks”, these are given in cases where a student narrowly misses the passing-mark.

The mark sheet as well as the board website will henceforth clearly mention the extent and mechanism used to award grace marks.

Detractors say that the mention of grace marks may lead to a feeling of stigma among students, but its supporters argue awarding grace marks is unfair to others who manage to clear tough exams on their own. In the past, a number of state boards were using these ‘spikes’ to ensure that their pass percentage didn’t dip dramatically compared to other state boards.

Even though the actual impact on cut-offs may be visible only during college admissions, it is a good sign that the board is dropping an impervious old-school method of assessment that granted students random ‘spikes’ in grades regardless of the individual efforts they had put in.

 

 

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