Seventeen states, including Jammu and Kashmir, have agreed to the Centre’s advisory to do away with the marks “moderation” policy in Class 12 board exams, a media report says.
According to the policy, students are usually given extra or “grace marks” for attempting tough questions in examinations.
School Education Secretary Anil Swarup on October 6 had written to the state boards asking them to avoid “spiking” marks. Education boards of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Telangana and Goa have replied in agreement to the Centre’s advice, an unidentified official told The Indian Express.
“They have either clarified that they don’t resort to inflation or are willing to reconsider their moderation policy in light of our letter,” Express quoted a senior official as saying.
States like West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have not yet responded to the Centre.
On Wednesday, Swarup on Twitter said, “High time this farce relating to irrational ‘spiking’ of marks is stopped. Glad that there is a consensus amongst the states to stop this practice.”
However, the state boards are free to decide whether or not they want to continue with the moderation policy.
In April, the Central Board of Secondary Education had announced to scrap the policy allowing up to 15% extra marks for students attempting difficult questions. However, in May, the Delhi High Court had reversed the decision for the students who appeared in the Class 12 board examinations in 2017.