The Union Ministry of human resource development is now planning to curb the malpractice of spiking the marks in board exam and to implement a more scientific method from the academic session 2018. This time board was able to carry its practice of spiking the marks because of the timing of the board's decision to scrap off the moderation policy.
An inter-board working group (IBWG) has been set up by HRD ministry which comprises of eight boards which will work out the details of stopping the moderation of marks policy.
All boards will also move towards adopting a common core curriculum and the grace marks policy will also be uploaded on websites and marks for the extracurricular subjects will be given separately.
"It (the plan to scrap moderation) could not happen as planned this year. However, we are working things out for all boards from next year. In fact, all the boards have agreed to stop spiking marks from next year," a senior HRD ministry official said.He further said "some boards had raised certain issues at the April 24, 2017 meeting about implementing the same this year, but they are in agreement about 2018".
In April, 32 school boards agreed not to moderate the marks this year, but acting on a petition, Delhi High Court restrained the CBSE from implementing it. However, the ministry is very much encouraged as certain boards like Punjab and Karnataka did implement the moderation policy and this is a start.
"We have seen that a few boards didn't moderate marks this year and the results reflected that. There are quite a few of them. So that's a start," the official added.
"We have a year's time now to plan and initiate wider consultation as the states are already on board. This is crucial if we are to arrest variations in results which affect students adversely, bring about uniformity in evaluation and improve the quality of education," a member of the IBWG said.