The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will have to continue its moderation policy of granting grace marks for difficult questions for the Class 12 examinations this year owing to the directive of the Delhi High Court.
Below are some points that were observed during the court proceedings on this issue:
- The High Court had termed the board’s move to scrap the grace marks moderation policy as irresponsible and unfair and asked the latter on whether it cannot implement the same from next year onwards.
- The senior advocate who had appeared on behalf of the petitioners was of the opinion that the students of class 12 might not clear the cut-off of the Delhi University as marks might be reduced by a minimum of 15 percent owing to the board’s decision to scrap the grace marks.
- A bench of Acting Chief Justices and an additional Judge passed the interim order directing the board to retain the policy this year as it was in place when the examination forms were submitted last year.
- The advocates had the opinion that states like Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu would implement the policy only from next year onwards, which would mean candidates from these states would have an unfair upper hand over students from states like Delhi.
Earlier in the month of April, a meeting attended by School Education Secretary, CBSE, and State Education Boards had decided to scrap the Marks Moderation Policy to decide the total marks of students.