It might be a good news for students who are the aspirants of class XII Board exams as the HRD ministry declared on Monday that the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) has implemented “moderation policy” in granting marks in class XII. Minister of State for HRD UpendraKushwaha said that the moderation policy will help in bringing parity as there are elements of subjectivity in evaluation. Kushwaha answered this in a written reply to a question in LokSabha . This “moderation policy” has been adopted with regard to granting of marks for many reasons, especially for bringing uniformity in evaluation process. Students usually face issues like getting different sets of question papers with a difference in difficulty level. Kushwaha said that the policy has been adopted in order to level up mean achievements due to this difference in the difficulty level of different sets of question papers and also to maintain parity of pass percentage of candidates across years and to compensate the candidates for difficulties experienced in solving the question in specified time.
The HRD minister of state was responding to a question on CBSE’s policy regarding granting extra marks in Board examination in class XII. When asked if many state boards are granting extra marks in the name of standardization and if CBSE also adopts such methods, the minister said that the state boards follow their own evaluation system and the Centre has no role in the entire process.
Another important detail revealed by the minister in a reply to a question on school education was regarding the 9,895 vacant teaching posts, including that of principle and vice-principle in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. CBSE is regarded as one of the most responsible and reputed boards governing school education in India. This major policy change will hopefully change the evaluation process for good, but how it functions practically is still a matter of time.