Education boards decide to do away with `spiking' of marks

PUBLISH DATE 25th April 2017

Thirty two education boards, including CBSE , Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and National Institute of Open School, agreed on Monday to do away with “spiking“ of marks through “moderation“ on Monday .

This is likely to bring down the marks in Class XII Board exams, and consequently cutoffs during undergraduate admissions. The HRD ministry had decided on on April 12to consult states on scrapping the practice of awarding grace marks. CBSE had in December last resolved to seek the ministry's help to get all state boards to develop a consensus on ending the marks moderation policy , which leads to inflation of scores.

Education secretaries of various states and chairpersons of different boards were present in Monday's meeting chaired by Anil Swarup, secretary in the HRD ministry .

However, grace marks will continue to be given to low scorers on the pass-fail borderline, a senior CBSE official said.Under the “moderation“ policy , examinees are awarded up to 15% extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to have been difficult.

In July 2016, TOI had highlighted how CBSE gave as many as 16 extra marks in the Class XII maths exam this year in the allIndia set of papers and 15 marks in the Delhi set during the process of standardisation. In nine subjects, marks were `standardised' by CBSE up by more than 10%.

Govt plans varsity for differently abled

The Centre has decided to set up a university to cater to needs of disabled students, said Union minister for human resource development Prakash Javadekar.

The announcement came during Javedkar's convocation address at Shakuntala Mishra Rehabilitation University, Lucknow held on Monday. “I discussed the prospect of a Central university for differently abled with Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot this morning,“ he said in his address. TNN