The HRD Ministry has also called a meeting of all state school boards on April 24 in order to build consensus on a proposal to scrap the policy of ‘marks moderation’ or ‘grace marks’.

CBSE to do away with grace marks for class 12 board exams: HRD to take decision soon

CBSE to do away with grace marks for class 12 board exams: HRD to take decision soon

If implemented, the moderation of marks would lead to lower cut-offs in college admission.

Reasons for this move:

According to media reports, the move comes after CBSE requested MHRD to develop a consensus on completely removing the marks moderation policy so that the process of getting admissions gets easier.

Moreover, the HRD Ministry has called a meeting of all state school boards on April 24 in order to build consensus on a proposal to scrap the policy of ‘marks moderation’ or ‘grace marks’.

More on modernisation of marks:

  • The moderation of marks is a common practice adopted to “bring uniformity in the evaluation process”
  • In simpler terms, marks scored by students are changed to align with the marking standards of different examiners
  • While seeing the past trends, this practice has been blamed for inflation of results across school boards.

As reported by Indian Express, the number of students scoring 95 per cent and above in the Class 12 examination conducted by CBSE rose 23 times in six years from 384 in 2008 to 8,971 in 2014.

Here’s what a senior HRD Ministry official told PTI:

“The ministry has called a meeting of all state education secretaries and chairmen of the state boards on April 24 and the issue is likely to be taken up there. The recommendations by the CBSE will be taken into account and we will see if a consensus can be arrived at with the states.”

Furthermore, last year during the DU admission saw two colleges setting cut-offs to 100 per cent for admission to their BSc (Computer Science) course.

source”indiatoday”