CBSE restrained from inflating Class XII marks unreasonably

CBSE restrained from inflating Class XII marks unreasonably

CBSE restrained from inflating Class XII marks unreasonably

Though the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) followed its moderation policy in evaluating the 2017 Class XII board examinations, it seems to have restrained from unreasonably inflating the marks of the students.

According to official sources, the CBSE, which announced the Class XII board results on May 28, had awarded a maximum of 10% extra marks in some subjects while moderating the scores of students. It awarded 11 extra marks in Accountancy, 10 in Mathematics and 8 each in Physics and Chemistry, in one of the sets of all-India papers.

Last year, the board had awarded 15 extra marks in Accountancy, 16 in Mathematics and 10 each in Physics and Chemistry, while moderating the scores in one of the all-India sets of papers.

In the other nine subjects, including Geography, Economics and Business Studies, extra marks awarded during the moderation exercise remained between 5 and 12.

“A comparison between the outcome of this years’ moderation exercise with that of last year’s clearly indicates that the board has maintained reasonable limits while moderating the scores of students this year,” sources said.

The CBSE had decided to scrap the moderation of board marks for Class XII board examinations from this year itself. It, however, had to follow the moderation policy this year after the Delhi High Court ordered it while hearing a public interest litigation.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M Singh passed an interim order on May 23, directing the board to continue with its moderation policy for this year, observing, “Rules cannot be changed after the game has begun.” The CBSE had decided to end moderation from this year after most school examination boards agreed to end the system following a proposal by the Ministry of Human Resource Development at a meeting on April 24. The court, however, noted that scrapping of moderation should have been done “prospectively and uniformly for everyone across the country”.

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