Moderation of marks by CBSE, CISCE: A myth or a reality!

Moderation of marks by CBSE, CISCE: A myth or a reality!, brainfeed magazine

By Dheeraj Mehrotra

The pass percentage by the majority of the boards in classes X and XII have eventually become a greener aspect of concern with the advent of 100% as a priority by the majority as the only choice. The schools discuss the 100% tally as a benchmark figure, then comes the 90% and above and the tally is further figured as the only Messiah for quality results in question.

It was once rooted as a practice at wisdom, an internal phenomenon, but alas the public image of the procedure has given again a mockery to the system. The practical and the projects all process the mantras for building up of marks for the target blooms.

Sorry to say, it was always in question, with marks and figurative aiming at the best of school results with some percentage as a benchmarking for Teachers’ Excellence to admissions for the new session.

The question of moderation adopts no more a clue. The marks, which were tuned and tweaked to align the marking standards of different examiners, who wish to, consider maintaining parity in the class percentage across years by keeping the compensation for the hard question papers or difficulty level.

Thanks to the CBSE giving a new dimension to the whole process by making an ignition to adopt the new trend of moderation in public, the school boards across the country have junked the practice of tweaking marks to create a level playing field.

The system was being misused, they agreed. What they will do now, and how the decision might affect the Board results this year is a great concern indeed. The strictness has paved the way to generate some attention otherwise. The reports say that the artificial spiking of marks has been on since 2014. It was suspected that the boards were spiking marks to give their students a competitive edge in securing admission to prestigious institutions. Then, came the dosage of concern.