The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday decided to do away with the marks moderation policy after which Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that the education board of each state will take a final decision on awarding grace marks for tough questions. While appreciating CBSE’s step, the HRD minister while addressing reporters at an event said, “It is a good decision (by the CBSE). Several states have been taken on board, a consensus has been developed. But the final decision will be of the states, this is just like a suggestion,” he was quoted by PTI as saying. He further added, “All boards should not be in a race to increase marks and any sky-touching grade should be replaced with genuine scores. The boards should not keep inflating marks in competition, this should not happen.”
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According to a PTI report, Javadekar while talking about the practice of awarding grace marks then said, “A good consensus has been developed. Let’s see how it progresses. I will take a brief on the meeting.” The same report quoted a senior HRD official saying, “A consensus has been developed but how to implement it, is the states’ prerogative. They can’t be forced to implement it, the decision though consensual, is just suggestive in nature.”
The practice of awarding grace marks up to 15 percent for all difficult questions was adopted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1992. The board in December 2016 requested the HRD ministry towards the formation of a consensus towards it. Grace marks are being considered as the reason behind the high cut-offs in entrance examinations and scores in board examinations. It is believed by the board that if the policy of doing away with marks moderation policy is adopted by all then the cut-offs for admissions will come down.