New Delhi, April 25: Today the Central Board of Secondary Education scrapped the ‘marks moderation’ system from this year. This means that the students won’t be given grace marks for the tough questions asked in exams but if a student needs a few marks to clear an examination, the marks will be directly disclosed in the marksheets.The Central Board of Secondary Education and 31 other school boards have decided to scrap the grace marks, policy from this year. This move came after the CBSE had in December last year requested the HRD Ministry to help develop a consensus among all state boards on completely removing the marks moderation policy which is considered as the reason behind inflated scores in board exam results.
School Education Secretary Anil Swarup said that because of this move the CBSE results could witness a drop in student performance for the first time in many years. Hence to tackle this “There will be a common question paper for all CBSE-affiliated schools,” Swarup added.
What is ‘marks moderation’ policy?
Students are usually awarded up to 15% extra marks in some subjects to compensate for the tough questions asked during exams. The inflated scores, in turn, force colleges to set their cut-off marks at 100%.
The central board explained that if all school boards do not adopt the new policy, students from those that do will be in a disadvantageous position during undergraduate admissions. Kerala has sought a year’s time to scrap the ‘marks moderation’ policy