Marks Moderation Policy Not to Be Called Off This Year for CBSE Class 12: HC

By Malavikka

Days ahead of the CBSE class 12 results, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday has given relief to the students by ordering that the marks moderation policy would not be called off in the last minute. Justifying its decision, a bench comprising Acting Chief justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha Mi Singh said that the "rules cannot be changed after the game has begun."

The bench refused to allow the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to withdraw the moderation policy in place for the exams held in 2017. The bench said, "rules cannot be changed after the game has begun".

Marks Moderation Not to Be Called Off for CBSE


What did the Delhi High Court bench say regarding the marks moderation policy?

The bench further said, "These children, who have worked so hard and have burnt the midnight oil, are entitled to some stability and the only stability they know is the system. Do not instil insecurity in them. Don't do it (withdrawal of the policy) this year". "You cannot play with the future of students," it said, adding "we are deeply concerned by the timing of the policy."

What is the marks moderation policy?

Usually, CBSE would grant grace marks for tough or erroneous questions in the paper, making up for their mistake.

What is the new policy?

As per the new policy of CBSE, there will no more be grace marks for students.

When was calling off the marks moderation policy decided?

The deliberations had started on 24 April 2017, approved on 4 May 2017 and circulated on 10 May 2017.

Why is the new policy not implemented?

Since most of the board exams were over by the time the policy was announced and even some results out, the High Court bench declared it unfair that the decision could affect students in more than one way.

How will the new marks allocation policy affect students if implemented now?

In case the policy is implemented in the correction of CBSE class 12 papers, students will be affected because:

  • They were not aware of it before giving the exams and would have planned of an alternative to score, in case they knew about it.
  • Some foreign varsities had offered conditions to many Indian students on the basis of the current evaluation policy. Students would be at the risk of losing seats if this was implemented now.
  • A few states have not executed the new policy, making it nonuniform if CBSE students alone had it this year.

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