1. CBSE 12th Result 2017: Grace marks policy implemented by Board? One statistic turns eye-ball grabber

CBSE 12th Result 2017: Grace marks policy implemented by Board? One statistic turns eye-ball grabber

CBSE 12th Result 2017: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the much-awaited class 12th scores on May 28, 2017 after delaying it for some days.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 5, 2017 11:39 AM
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CBSE 12th Result 2017: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the much-awaited class 12th scores on May 28, 2017 after delaying it for some days. The question about whether the board implemented the grace marks policy as ordered by the High Court still remains unanswered, but here is an analysis that will open your eyes wide. However, the English (Core) scores of the Senior Secondary School students across the country tells a different story. According to a New York-based engineer, Debarghya Das, more than half of the students who scored 95 in English (Core) this year are from private schools in Delhi. The 24-year-old engineer researched among 996302 students (95% of the total test takers) who took up English (Core) as a subject this year, as quoted in an Indian Express report.

Das found that out of the 95% test takers, 91736 students who make up around 9% of the test takers were from the private schools in Delhi. Further research revealed that out of the 91736 students, 14503 had scored a perfect 95 per cent in English. While 16% Delhi region students scored 95%, only 1.4% or 12663 students secured the same scores from the other regions of India.

While explaining this odd situation, Das, in an email to the Indian Express, wrote “The CBSE ‘moderation’ policy prescribes that certain students who’ve had more difficult papers will be adjusted by a minor amount — no more than 1 to 5 marks — to make up for the difference in difficulty in comparison to other papers. These [this year’s Delhi] numbers don’t represent a ‘minor’ increase by any means.”

The email further read, “Strangely, if we simply look at the proportion of Delhi private school test takers who scored 96 and more compared to the rest of the student population, we find that it’s 1.53 per cent versus 1 per cent. In other words, Delhi school kids are only 50 per cent more likely to score 96 and above in English (Core) than kids in the rest of the country, which indicates that Delhi private school kids are not 11 times better in English than their non-Delhi counterparts.”

“This practice is not new to the CBSE. In fact, last year, 27 per cent of Delhi candidates (17,080 of 62,963) scored exactly 95, which was 65 per cent of the national 95s.”

“And this [Lakshmipat Singhania Academy] is not an outlier.”

“Sushila Birla [Girls’ School, also in Kolkata] has over half their class of 183 scoring above 88.2 but merely 8 per cent got a 95+ in English. While Mount Carmel School Anand Niketan (223 students), in Delhi has a median of 81 in aggregate, 62 per cent of their students scored a 95+ in English. We’re taking multiple instances of similar calibre institutions and the 95 rate varies from 3 per cent to 62 per cent!!”

“My affinity to do these analyses comes from my fondness for data and numbers, and my personal experiences going through the system. Personally, I distinctly remember missing a 5-mark problem in Computer Science, but getting a 100 in the end (in the ICSE). I initially started working on analysing these exams in 2013.”

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