As the results of class 12 were announced on Sunday, many of the students got 100 out of 100 scores, including in subjects like English and History. Isn’t this really bizarre to even think that students have to pursue 100 out of 100 marks in the race of numbers to get admission into any good University like DU? The all-India topper, Raksha Gopal, scored 99.6% in all five subjects and missed a 100 percent score just by two marks. She scored 99% in history and psychology, but 100% in all other subjects, including English.
The results are publicized after 5 days the Board’s attempt to end the policy of moderation marks to bring some good sense in the exam scores, but it was heavyhearted by the Delhi High Court. Achieving high marks in the 12th board exams help the students in getting admission into good universities like Delhi University as many of the top-scoring students will compete for not many good options for undergraduate courses. For most of the popular courses in the best colleges, the cutoffs are mostly reserved above 95% and the seats fill up fast as well. If you remember the famous incident of 2011 in which the Shri Ram College of Commerce was a very first to ask for 100% in a definite four-subject combination for admission to B.Com (Hons), causing mass anger over it. Even two students made to the cutoff as well.
In this mad race of getting the best marks, no student really knows that how good is good for them to get admission in the best colleges. To change this aged trend, the CBSE board along with state boards, decided in April to drop the policy of moderation in which a student is given extra marks in subjects believed as difficult or there were some variations in the question paper. The board also established that giving such marks in excess leads an increase in the overall scores and it becomes the reason for the colleges in accelerating the cutoffs. In the last week, the High Court has directed the CBSE to put into effect moderation, even though the board challenges the decision in Supreme Court, the difference of inflated marks cannot be set right until the CBSE reviews its own estimate process.
According to the Hindustan Times, Neha Pushkarna analyzed CBSE results to seek that whereas the number of the students appearing for the Class 12 board exams went up by 64% between 2009 and 2014, the number of scoring 95% or more hopped by 780%. The fact is that the CBSE never moderated marks over 95%. As per a data-based digital interactive released by the Hindustan Times on Saturdays, it explains that a student who’s scoring 88% in class 10 boards in 2015 would have scored 78% a decade ago. It will not be virtuous to blame only moderation policy for these pumped up scores. As per the Pushkarna report, long answer type questions were reduced by the CBSE with objective-type questions. The students just need to tick the right option and they could score full marks as well if they had got all of them right.
One could digest students scoring 100 out of 100 in subjects like maths, accountancy, and physics, but now students can even score full marks in history and English as well. Isn’t this really strange? The CBSE has over 18,000 schools affiliated to it across the country and more than a million students appear for the exams of Class 10 every year. On the other hand, the results of these exams decide the future of many students and that’s why the system needs to more logical than profitable for students as well. Through pumped up marks, it makes a wrong sense of academic excellence among students as they’re actually obtaining marks that are not in their hands but in the hands of the board. This also fuels a bizarre race that’s going from a long time in Indian education.
By the end of the practice of moderation policy, we can expect some change in the CBSE for the betterment and it will also make marking pattern more practical. You can only expect a big change when the assessment system is renovated. It will not only help in improving the Indian education system but also will lessen the unneeded marks race in the country among students. This will help the various boards in getting real results and the fight for the top will be less flooded as well.