Refrain From Spiking Of Marks: Centre Issues Advisory To States, Boards

Anil Swarup, the Secretary to MHRD, Government of India, today tweeted that states and boards have been issued advisory to check spiking of marks.

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Refrain From Spiking Of Marks: Centre Issues Advisory To States, Boards

Refrain From Spiking Of Marks: Centre Issues Advisory To States, Boards

New Delhi:  Anil Swarup, the Secretary to MHRD, Government of India, today tweeted that states and boards have been issued advisory to check spiking of marks. The decision, apparently, has been taken so that marks scored by a student in board exams are a true reflection of the student's performance. This past year, there had been enough brouhaha over marks moderation policy and the issue of spiking of marks by state boards. 

The full text of Anil Swarup's said tweet says, "To ensure that marks are true reflection of performance in the exams, advisory issued to States & Boards to refrain from spiking of marks."
 
In December last year, Central board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had requested MHRD to develop a consensus on completely removing the marks moderation policy which always led to inflation of marks in board exam results. This was in view to check the number of students who scored more than 95% marks in their board exams, often leading to sky-high cut off marks during under graduate college admissions. 

As per the marks moderation policy up to 15% extra marks were awarded to students in certain papers in which the questions were deemed to be difficult. The CBSE had said that a unilateral scrapping of the policy would put CBSE students at a disadvantage during UG college admissions, hence it was very important that all state boards also agree to it.

The CBSE's decision to scrap Marks Moderation Policy came after the board exams were over which led to an outcry from students who had appeared for the exam. States like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, had decided to implement the policy change from next year. The sudden decision to do away with the policy was sure to hamper the future of CBSE students who would have been at a disadvantage when compared to their contemporaries from state boards scrapping the policy next year.

CBSE had to carry on with marks moderation policy this year, as directed by the Delhi High Court, which said that the Board could not do away with policy since it was still in place when the students had filled the exam forms. 

The advisory by MHRD about spiking of marks, hence, comes in a timely fashion so as to avoid any contentions and disagreement during board exam declaration next year. 

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