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CBSE may not scrap moderation policy until other state boards do not agree to do so

Jun 30, 2017 10:00 IST

    Central Board of Secondary EducationCBSE may not scrap moderation policy if other state boards do not agree to do so. According to the PTI report, a senior CBSE official said that the board is in favour of discarding inflation of marks in order to maintain pass parity with previous years’ results. But, if state boards will not scrap moderation policy then this may put students of CBSE board in disadvantageous position.

    On 24th April 2017, CBSE & other 32 state boards decided to scrap moderation policy. But, the Delhi High Court ordered CBSE not to do so, adding it was not advisable to implement the change mid-way.

    Earlier, it was believed that CBSE will challenge the Delhi High Court order in the Supreme Court but the legal counsel suggested not taking this step as the decision may go against the board and it could further delay results.

    According to the CBSE official, there is a clause in our bylaws that in order to maintain near parity of pass percentage of students vis-a-vis previous years, CBSE can give extra marks which do not reflect the actual performance of students and the board wants to scrap this.

    The centre has also established a panel (Inter Board Working Group) to ensure uniform marking for students giving Class 12th board exams in 2018 by asking school board across the country to stop "inflating marks" under the "often abused practice" of moderation leading to "unusually" high scores.

    The Inter Board Working Group (IWBG) headed by CBSE chairperson Rakesh Chaturvedi with members from Manipur, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, and ICSE boards - will address issues arising from the decisions taken at the April 24 meeting. The meeting next IWBG meeting is likely to be held in July 2017.

    Recently, CBSE had set up two committees to study loopholes in CBSE Class 12 result 2017. The first committee will enquire about the process of evaluation & post examination processes to identify and analyse discrepancies. This committee will also suggest corrective measures to strengthen the process.

    The second committee will study, analyse & suggest systemic improvements in the evaluation process make the system robust. This committee will submit the report within 3 months of its formation.

    With inputs from PTI

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