Stop Inflation of Marks: Central Government Advises State Boards
December 27, 2017: According to a report from The Indian Express, the Central government has appealed to states to stop the practice of inflation of marks for Class 12th. As many as 17 states have responded positively to this appeal from the Union HRD ministry. These states include Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and others. According to sources of The Indian Express, these boards have "either clarified that they don't resort to inflation or are willing to reconsider their moderation policy".
Inflation of marks, an attempt to ensure 'moderation', has led to unrealistic cut-off marks for admission to the top universities in the country, especially Delhi University. Earlier this year, in October, the school education secretary, Anil Swarup, wrote to the heads of state education boards asking them to end this practice. Last year, CBSE had taken a decision to stop the practice but the Delhi High Court intervened and reversed the decision, calling it last minute.
Moderation refers to a widely-followed practice where extra marks are given to students in unusually difficult subjects, or in cases where there are noticeable differences in different sets of question papers. While this is supposed to help place all students on a common ground, there is growing suspicion that state boards are using this practice to give students an edge during admission to higher education institutions.